Independent Publishing Resource Center
The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) facilitates creative expression and identity by providing individual access to the resources and tools for the creation of independently published media and art.
Since its inception in 1998, the center has been dedicated to encouraging the growth of a visual and literary publishing community by offering a space to gather and exchange information and ideas, as well as to produce work. The IPRC is an Oregon 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization.
The IPRC maintains a library of over 6,000 self-published and independently produced materials. Items are available to the public for circulation and for reference use. The library contains materials that are not otherwise represented in public libraries and that may be lost forever without their efforts. Located on the shelves are comics, chapbooks, novels, catalogs, zines, artists' books, and more. A comprehensive reference section includes artists books, guides, criticism, history and how-to information available to examine and use in the library. Additionally, all materials produced in whole or part at the IPRC are archived as part of this collection.
The collection is easy to browse as it is labeled and categorized by subject and alphabetized by title. Extensive effort has gone into cataloging the collection, enabling library users to search by title, author, publisher, date, subject and contents. Checking out materials is easy. Simply stop by the center and fill out a registration form to get your library number which enables you to check-out up to 10 publications for 2 weeks.
The library's only source for acquisitions is through the donations of individuals, editors and publishers. Without their generosity their shelves would be empty. We appreciate it if you are able to make a monetary donation; it enables them to purchase important publications that they are unable to get through donations and helps to defray the costs of operating the library. See their website for information on making a donation.
Additionally, they always welcome donations of your publication or collection. You may send them to the center or drop them by during our open hours.
The IPRC offers educational workshops on a variety of subjects related to publishing. The workshops are designed to give participants technical information and hands-on experience which they can they apply to their individual projects.
The IPRC regularly presents lectures and workshops on topics relating to independent press. Outreach staff and volunteers provide tours of the Center to different groups, and also engage in more in-depth projects that serve the local community. A wide variety of ages and groups are served, from elementary school students to those in college or university, and from homeless/transitional youth to senior citizens.
- Introduction to Zine Publishing
- Zine Camp!
- Book Authorship Project
- Downtown Street Zine
- Neighborhood History Project
- IPRC Audio Zine
- Volunteers of America Oregon Marie Smith Center