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The Perzine Is Political

Barnard Zine Library Curator Jenna Freedman made this guide for Word Up Community Bookshop's Lo'Mas Lit Book Club

collection statement

The Barnard Zine Library's (BZL) zines are created by women and transfeminine people, with a collection emphasis on zines by women of color and a newer effort to acquire more zines by trans women of all races and ethnicities. We collect zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. The zines are personal and political publications on activism, anarchism, body image, gender, parenting, queer community, riot grrrl, sexual assault, trans feminisms, and other topics.


photo of the Barnard Zine Library stacks: lots of zines on lots of shelvesThe BZL is part of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS) in the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning at Barnard College. The zines are described in the library catalog we share with Columbia University Libraries (CUL), CLIO. Try looking up a topic, e.g., < zines palestin* >

We welcome visitors from everyday zine lovers to international scholars! Contact zines@barnard.edu with all of your questions, requests and workshop ideas!

who's behind the BZL?

introducing...the barnard zine dream team! here we are posing with some personal pics from international zine day in june!

Jenna Freedman (she/her) - Curator

Claudia Maria Acosta (they/she) - Zine Tech

Mikako Murphy (she/her) - Zine Assistant

Ren Huang (she/they) - Zine Assistant

Now You

Your name, pronouns, and is cilantro good or evil (or something less binary)?