State Library of Victoria Zine Collection

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The State Library of Victoria has one of the largest public zine collections in Australia.

The collection is Australian only, however, occasional non-Australian zines have been acquired inadvertently.

To date (February 2008) the collection runs to ~140 standard serial boxes of zines, or 18-20 linear metres of shelf space.

Individual zines have not been catalogued to date (February 2008), however box lists are available listing individual zines in each box. Zines are filed by acquisition date, e.g. "1/7, June 2007", "2/7 2007" etc, as well as a separate running number on all boxes in the collection.


The State Library of Victoria began actively collecting zines in 2000, following a decision to acquire all Australian zines stocked at Polyester Books in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

More recently the State Library has also initiated a similar 'blanket order' for Australian zines with Sticky, and has been the recipient of the Eloise Peace zine collection, which covers the period 1993 to 1999, significantly expanding the State Library's collection strength for this period.