San Francisco Public Library

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Founded in 1966, the San Francisco Public Library's Little Maga/Zine Collection documents the alternative press of the San Francisco Bay Area. Little magazines from almost every literary movement covering the 1940s onward may be found here. The library started collecting zines in 1991. Ephemera and reference materials on the history of little magazines and zines are included. The collection holds over 4,000 items (more than 1,000 titles) accessible through a finding aid; the collection is currently being cataloged online.

Considered one of the most important collections of its kind in a public library, the Little Maga/Zine Collection is located in the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center ( on the sixth floor of the Main Library. The collection is open to the public Tuesday through Thursday: 10-6; Friday: 12 Noon-6; Saturday: 10–6; Sunday: 12 Noon–5. Closed Monday. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, or to have a zine considered for the collection, contact the library at:

The Little Maga/Zine Collection
Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(Attn: Andrea Grimes)
Phone: 415.557.4560

External Links

Official website [1]

Little Maga/Zine Collection Finding Aid [2]

Call for Zines [3]

Best of the Bay [4]