Anchor Archive Zine Library Policies

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Open hours

  • please be respectful of the space and the volunteer working
  • racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. will not be tolerated
  • please keep music and noise to a minimum when folks are reading/browsing zines
  • young children must be supervised by an adult
  • be aware that although this is an all ages space, there is adult content in our zine collection and no filters on the computer, and volunteers are not responsible for monitoring how patrons use the collection or internet


  • computer/internet is available for everyone
  • priority goes to catalogue searches and checking out zines
  • second priority goes to volunteers doing work for the zine library or social centre
  • suggested time limit 10-15 minutes for computer use (unless no one else is waiting)
  • do not save anything on the computer. It’ll get deleted.

Zine-making tools

  • tools include long-armed stapler, heavy-duty stapler, papercutter, typewriters, inkstamps, gluesticks, scissors, clip art
  • people are welcome to use these tools in the library space
  • tools may be removed from the library for use in zinemaking workshops, but they should be signed out in Zine Library binder and returned before the next open hours


  • must be member to borrow zines or work shifts
  • zines can only be borrowed in person, not through the mail
  • memberships costs either $2-10 or a donated zine
  • members need to register with a username password, and contact information in the library catalogue

Borrowing zines

  • zines can be borrowed by members for 3 weeks
  • limit of 13 zines total out (with exceptions for special projects)
  • phone calls and/or emails will remind you of overdue items
  • if zines are not returned for 6 months, no additional zines can be borrowed until zines are returned, replaced, or paid for
  • replacement value for lost zines is $5 each
  • members are responsible for returning zines themselves – don’t leave it for a roommate or friend to do
  • enjoy the items in our reference collection here only (this includes books, A/V items, and certain zines)

Zine donations

  • we accept donations of self-published, non-commercial zines!
  • nothing considered hate literature or with a racist/homophobic/sexist message will be kept
  • 2 copies only will be included in the library
  • extra zines will be given away or recycled
  • posters and pamphlets are also collected, but kept in a special box


  • we mainly sell local zines at the Anchor Archive
  • if you want us to sell your zine, send one copy for consideration (and a donation to the library)
  • zines are purchased up front instead of by consignment
  • we pay approximately 50% of the retail price for zines


  • we try to collect zines that are different from what's already in the collection
  • we encourage patrons to make requests (for specific zines or subject areas) and will try to find zines that fill these gaps
  • we do not collect books or magazines, with some exceptions, due to space limitations

Volunteer training

  • new volunteers should attend a training session to orientate them on how the zine library is run and library policies
  • training sessions on working at the zine library will be held once every 3 months or as needed
  • other training sessions for volunteers will be held on semi-regular basis on cataloguing, teaching zinemaking workshops, and other zine library activities

Zine requests from people far away

  • Zines can only be borrowed by people who visit the Zine Library in person. We do not allow borrowing through the mail.

  • If someone asks to borrow a zine through the mail we will suggest that they contact the zine author instead. If it is determined that the zine is not available from the author or another means, Anchor Archive volunteers may offer to photocopy the requested zine and send it to the requester for a suggested donation based on photocopying and postage costs.

Zine-making workshops

  • Zine-making workshops are available to community groups by request, depending on availability of facilitators and transportation.
  • Suggested fee for a 2-hour zine-making workshop is $100. Non-profit organizations can request a sliding scale fee or negotiate a different fee to suit the length or style of workshop.
  • If the zine-making workshop is taught by 2 facilitators, 30% of the fee goes to each facilitator and 40% goes to the Anchor Archive.  If the workshop is taught by 1 facilitator, 50% of the fee goes to the facilitator and 50% goes to the Anchor Archive.
  • Fees can be paid by cash or cheque. Cheques should be made out to "Anchor Archive Regional Zine Project." If fees are paid by cheque, facilitators can leave the cheque in the money tin at the zine library with a note explaining what the cheque is for and the amounts that should be paid to facilitators. If fees are paid by cash, facilitators can take their portions of the fee and leave the rest in an envelope in the money tin at the zine library with a note explaining what the money is for and how much was paid to facilitators.
  • Workshops can be taught at the zine library or off-site. 
  • If the workshop is off-site, facilitators can be reimbursed for their transportation costs travelling to and from the workshop.
  • If workshop facilitators buy supplies for workshops they can be reimbursed by the Anchor Archive.
  • Zine-making workshop facilitators can bring zine-making supplies from the Anchor Archive or the group that requested the workshop can provide supplies. Supplies include scissors, gluesticks, clip art, and typewriters.
  • For cost reimbursements of $10 or under, facilitators can take money out of the tin in the zine library, making sure to leave a receipt and a note. For reimbursements over $10, fill out a reimbursement form, attach a receipt, and put the papers in the zine library money tin for the bookkeeper to find and reimburse.