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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Zine Library

The Radical Librarians and Anarchist Archivists collective is responsible for building and maintaining the IMC's progressive library project and archive of media materials; including a renowned zine collection. The library collection is located in the space adjacent to the stage and next to the administrative offices on the main floor of the UCIMC. This library is open whenever the UCIMC is open!

For over a decade, the IMC has been a midwest nexus for zine making and collecting. What is a Zine? Short for magazine or fanzine, zines are self-publications, motivated by a desire for self-expression, not for profit. Thousands of zine makers have sent us their precious words and illustrations, which are now available to view and browse in the lower level of the IMC. The IMC has hosted Midwest Zine Fests (a project we hope to bring back soon). This event brings together zine makers to create, share and celebrate zines. We are eager to host workshops and pop-up library zine demonstrations - contact us if you are interested!

If you have questions, want to know more, want to set up a visit from our traveling zine library, would like to get involved in zine collecting or making at the IMC, have donations, or wish to volunteer please contact us at ucimczinelibrary [at]

Meet with a Zine Librarian by appointment