For the past couple of years, The Toronto Zine Library has been one of the better-kept secrets of the city’s literary set. And we’re not talking about the shoddily maintained zine collection at the Reference Library either.
Holed away in the rehearsal hall of The Tranzac, the TZL’s den of independently published materials currently holds over 1000 zines (and counting, donations are encouraged) ranging from semi-popular stuff like Montreal’s Fish Piss to more obscure personal zines about, like, octopuses. Or whatever. They also do rad stuff like hold artist talks and workshops that blind you with their awesomeness.
Anyhow, until recently the collection was only available for in-house perusal during business hours at the Tranzac. But what you and your bespectacled friends probably weren’t aware of is that over the course of the summer, the collective finally went through the process of becoming a proper lending library. That’s right! For a one-time fee of only $5, you can get full borrowing privileges to this mountain of zine-y goodness along with a fancy card that proves as much.
The only real rule is that since some of the collection is rare and can be impossible to replace, cardholders must bring back materials in the same condition they got them in. Oh, and borrowing/membership-getting can only be done during Library hours when the TZL collective is present (1–3 p.m. every Sunday). Otherwise you’d just be just stealing, you jerk. So when you get bored of Word On The Street this Sunday, you should probably be so bold and drop in.
Photo of the TZL window installation at She Said Boom! last month courtesy of the Toronto Zine Library.