Once your library has acquired a collection of zines, the next big question is how to display and store them.
One tried and true method is magazine file boxes, also known as pamphlet file or shelf file boxes. These are great for storage but less great for easy perusal.
The “open back” style of magazine file boxes (like these at the Olympia Timberland Branch) may encourage browsing.
To increase visibility and browsing, having at least some of your collection in front-facing shelving is a must. These acrylic “zig-zag counter displays” are eye-catching and help prevent “floppy zine syndrome.”
File cabinets can also be a good storage solution for tight spots. The Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Library stores their large zine collection in hanging file folders, organized by title. Again, having at least some of the collection easily visible is key.
Does your library have periodicial display racks which are no longer in use? They might come in handy for your zine collection, like this repurposed newspaper display.
This wire framed rack at the 38th Street branch of the Indianapolis Public Library is displayed prominently.
These single-faced shelving racks, found at Hennepin County Library’s Minneapolis Central Library, provide visibility and a little mobility.
For those with a larger budget, these “media browsing bins” at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Vancouver Public Library pull out for better access.
More artistic (and DIY) options can include hanging wire and attaching zines with metal hinge clips or clothespins.
Now that you’ve got some ideas of how to display your zines, you need to decide if and how you’ll categorize them. There’s no standard way, but check out this sampling of other libraries’ categories for ideas.