Zines are housed in the general collections and can be requested online at the Library of Congress. The general collections include books, pamphlets, and bound (non-current) periodicals in all languages except some that use non-roman alphabets (e.g., Chinese, Arabic) and in all areas of the classification scheme except law, music, and maps/atlases.
For questions about the Library of Congress Zine Collection, e-mail [email protected]
The following subject searches will lead to zine resources found in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. You can also search by title, creator, call number, or keyword using your own terms and phrases.
The following Library Reading Rooms and Research Centers have zine collections that can be requested online. Most zines added to the collections are now added to the General Collections and made accessible to anyone on-site with a Reader Identification Card.
Zines that came to the Library prior to the establishment of the official zine collection can be found throughout the Library, especially in the Newspaper & Periodical Reading Room.
Anyone with a Reader Identification Card can request zines for delivery to and use in any General Collections reading room. For the list and location of General Collections reading rooms, select the [Research Centers] tab on the "Using the Library of Congress" page of this guide.
Zines whose subject matter falls within music or the performing arts can be requested online for delivery to the Performing Arts Reading Room. Please note: These items can only be delivered to the Performing Arts Reading Room.
The Library has zines throughout the collections, and some of these will need to be requested in-person in the Reading Room. The following Reading Rooms have zine collections available for in-person request:
Some zines are part of the Library's collection of serials, and therefore need to be requested in person the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. The catalog record will tell you if you need to "Request In: Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room."
Some zines have been digitized and made available online or on microfilm. Items on microfilm will direct you to "Request In: Microform & Electronic Resources Center."
Some zines which are more rare or brittle may be housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room. These zines will need to be requested in person in the "Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room."