Zine Archive and Publishing Project

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The Zine Archive & Publishing Project (ZAPP) is a now-defunct zine library located in Seattle, Washington. It existed to encourage and promote independent publications. ZAPP collected zines, comics, chapbooks, pamphlets, journals, gazettes, city papers, mail art, monographs, short anthologies, personal transmissions, and other not-so-easily classified independent publications for preservation and display. ZAPP was a program of the Richard Hugo House, located at 1634 11th Ave in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.


ZAPP's collection

ZAPP was started in 1996 with the personal collections of Gary Greaves and Chuck Swain. Since then, the collection has grown to more than 20,000 items, making it one of the largest zine collections in the world. ZAPP was temporarily closed in 2007 and the collection was placed in storage. After moving the stacks, ZAPP was reopened with regular open hours in September 2008.

Holdings from the archives include science fiction fanzines from the 1940s through modern donations. According to the library's website, it currently contains more than 20,000 items.


During its run, ZAPP held a number of classes, gallery exhibits, and other events throughout the year for both youth and adult audiences.

  • DIY Academy was a series of low cost workshops which encouraged people to learn from other people within their communities, make connections, and most of all claim back to power of being able to do it themselves. The second annual DIY Academy was held in July 2006.
  • The first Zine Librarian (Un)Conference was hosted by ZAPP on March 14-March 15, 2009. Zine librarians, collectors, and creators from across the United States participated in a series of open workshops and facilitated discussions. Topics included the challenges of cataloging, organizing, and promoting zine collections.


ZAPP was not a lending library; however, the collection was available for browsing during open hours. The collection's partial catalogue was accessible on-site.

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