In Summer 2003, the Barnard Library staff noted a significant absence of organic, cheaply distributed writing on their stacks. In a campus environment that breeds literary excellence but also hints that corporate publishing is the key to success, self-distributed and self-published “Zines” are a poor college student’s breath of fresh air.
Composed of works on a variety of topics (e.g. Art, Comix, Compilation, Personal, and Political), the Barnard Zines collection complements our school’s women’s studies and highlights a growing feminist culture. Part of its mission statement also “aims to serve the needs of current readers and scholars and those of future researchers.”