The Anchor Archive Zine Library is a collectively-run, non-profit library with a collection of over 7000 zines from the local area and around the world. It has been providing access to independent media, art, and local zine history and culture since 2005 through operating the library and offering tools, resources, and programming for making zines.
Zines are self-published publications made outside of mainstream press and media, by all kinds of people about all kinds of things. The Anchor Archive sees zines as an important way to take media into your own hands, find a voice for yourself, and find information and stories that aren't represented in mainstream media and culture.
To borrow zines you must be a member and visit the zine library in person. You can become a member by donating $2-10 or donating a zine. You get zines for 2 weeks and can take out 13 at a time.
We welcome any and all Zine donations! You can do so by either dropping zines off in person at Anchor Archive during our open hours, or by mailing them to us at Anchor Archive Zine Library, P.O. Box 33129, Halifax, NS B3L 4T6.
You can search for zines in our catalogue (about half of our collection has been catalogued) or browse by topic in the library. Our catalogue and website are Drupal-based.
The Zine Library is part of a collectively run arts space called Radstorm, along with Ink Storm Screenprinting Collective and Sad Rad Music Collective.
Every October the Anchor Archive organizes a zine fair and usually in the summer it co-hosts a residency program.
Find location and accessibility information on our contact page.
The library is run by a volunteer collective and is always happy to welcome new members! To get involved, contact us.