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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Zine Library

The Radical Librarians and Archivists group is responsible for building and maintaining the IMC's progressive library project and archive of media materials; including a renowned zine collection. This 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!

Short for magazine or fanzine, zines are self-publications, motivated by a desire for self-expression, not for profit. For over a decade, the IMC has been a midwest nexus for zine making and collecting. 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 held a number of Midwest Zine Fests, bringing together zine makers to create, share and celebrate zines. We also host workshops and pop-up library zine demonstrations - contact us if you are interested!

If you have questions, want to know more, would like to get involved in zine collecting or making at the IMC, have donations, or wish to volunteer please contact us at

Meet with a Zine Librarian during open office hours from 10-12 on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Summer hours are more sporadic - our next open hours will be on July 21 from 10-12 (come by we'll have coffee and donuts).