Omaha Public Library will debut new zine collection at Benson Branch

Omaha Public Library (OPL), with help from Rowdy Boys Collective and Benson First Friday (BFF), will introduce its new collection of zines at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., on Friday, September 6, 6-9 p.m. During this after-hours event, people will be able to check out the collection, make their own zine, and browse zines that are available for purchase.

Zines are niche, handmade, hyper-local booklets created by community members for community members. They often represent marginalized and alternative viewpoints not found in mainstream publishing, so may appeal to individuals who are interested in new and different ideas. Because of their handmade construction, zines often crossover into works of art. 

“Zines demonstrate self-publishing at the most accessible level, introducing voices that may not have access to traditional publishing channels,” said OPL Readers & Writers Librarian Erin Duerr. “OPL’s zine collection connects its community with more materials written by, for and about them.”

This new collection will not check out in the same way as typical library materials. The collection will only be available at two OPL locations -- Benson Branch and W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St. Patrons are encouraged to read zines at the library, take them home, share with others, and return them to any of OPL’s 12 locations so that everyone may enjoy them. Zines will not appear on a patron’s library account or acquire fines.

The zine collection is comprised of donated and purchased zines. People interested in learning more about how to make or donate zines are encouraged to attend the opening event to learn more, or contact Duerr at erduerr@omahalibrary.org.

Teens (ages 12-18) are invited to attend zine workshop on Saturday, August 24, 1:30 p.m. at Benson Branch. During this program, local zine artist Curtis Yabit will teach participants how to create a self-published booklet using a single piece of computer paper.

Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs and resources offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.