Collection Access and Circulation

 

Who can borrow zines?
Where are the zines?
Can the zines be loaned to other libraries?
How can I search for zines through Barnard Library's online catalog?
I am looking for a particular zine. Will it be in the catalog?
Keyword search tips
Do you have a mailing list for programs, events, workshops and other zine stuff?
How do I get to the Barnard Library?

 

Who can borrow zines?
The collection is easily accessible to anyone with a Barnard or Columbia ID or to people from schools to whom we grant site privileges (e.g. NYU, SHARES institutions). If you are not a member of one of these communities, just contact the Zine Librarian to make an appointment. It's NO BIG DEAL. We just have to let the security attendant know to expect you. If you prefer phone to email, call 212.854.4615.

Where are the zines?
Once you get here, remember that there are two sets of zines: stacks and archives. Stacks are located on the 1st Floor of the library. The call numbers start with "ZINES" followed by a Cutter number, which is "[a]n alphanumeric scheme ordinarily based on the author or main entry." (From the University of North Carolina's Serials Cataloging Graduate Manual - Glossary, the text of which can be found here. Accessed June 10th, 2013.) There are twice as many zines in the archives and hundreds more that haven't been processed yet and are in the Zine Librarian's office or in Technical Services. If there is something in particular that you are looking for and can't find it, please ask for help at the research desk!

Can the zines be loaned to other libraries?
Stacks zines are available via Interlibrary Loan. Please go through the normal ILL channels at your local library.

How can I search for zines through Barnard Library's online catalog?

1. Access Columbia Libraries Online Catalog (CLIO)

CLIO Interface

2. Enter the name of a specific zine, omitting the initial article (a, an, the, el, la, etc...) or conduct a general search by using other keywords.

Type in keyword

3. Click on the Title to see the zine's record.

Click on the title to see the full record

 

I am looking for a particular zine. Will it be in the catalog?
Many of the zines available are currently in CLIO, but some others have yet to be processed. When in doubt, you can always ask the Zine Librarian.

Keyword search tips
You can also do a keyword search, combining one of these terms:

"art zine"
"catalog zine"
"compilation zine"
"DIY zine"
fanzines
"literary zines"
mamazines
minicomics
"personal zines"
"political zines"
"school zines"
"split zines"

or just <zine?> (the question mark is for truncation--it will yield results with the word "zine" or "zines" in the citation or abstract)

For example, <zine?> and your topic, e.g. "body image," "privilege," "race," "recipes," "riot grrrl" will yield results that are zines of those topics.

Many zines are not yet cataloged, so if you are looking for a particular title or topic that is not in CLIO, please ask for help, or look through our FAQ here.

Do you have a mailing list for programs, events, workshops and other zine stuff?
Yes! Sign up at https://groups.google.com/a/barnard.edu/forum/#!forum/zine-list (you will need a Barnard UNI to do this on your own. If you don't have one, email zines@barnard.edu to be added).
Another way to keep in touch with us is by following us on Facebook, LiveJournal, MySpace, and Twitter.

How do I get to the Barnard Library?
Barnard College is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan between 116th and 120th Streets along the west side of Broadway. The Library is in Lehman Hall, which you can find on the Barnard campus.

The Zine Collection is housed within the library, so our hours are the same as those for the rest of the stacks.

Those without access privileges at the Barnard Library should contact the Zine Librarian to make an appointment. We want you to come visit, we just have to know you're coming so we can alert the desk attendant. Please don't be put off by this. Call 212.854.4615! Email or IM: BarnardLibJenna (AIM, Google, Yahoo)!

Postal Address:
Barnard Zine Library
3009 Broadway (enter the campus at 117th St.)
New York, NY
10027