Little Maga/Zine Collection Finding Aid

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The Little Maga/Zine Collection documents the alternative press of the San Francisco Bay Area. The core collection was formed and opened to the public in 1967 with forty little magazines. The collection has grown to represent almost every literary and cultural movement from the 1940s to the present, and includes political little mags and self-published zines. Those publications outside the Bay Area, but associated with San Francisco - through content, contributors, editors - are also collected. Currently the collection holds over 4,100 items.

The Little Maga/Zine Collection is located in the Book Arts & Special Collections Center, on the sixth floor of the Main Library, Civic Center. This non-circulating collection is available to readers during the regular hours of the Center: Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday: 12 noon – 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.

The San Francisco Public Library also subscribes to and has extensive holdings of periodicals (including little magazines and zines), which are available in the Magazines & Newspapers Center, fifth floor, Main Library. Many pre-1990 volumes must be paged from library storage; patrons may request these items 24 hours in advance. Contact the Magazines & Newspapers Center, at 415.557.4440, for more information. Certain subject specific periodicals may be found in the San Francisco History Center and Book Arts & Special Collections.

Periodicals in the Main Library collections are primarily reference only. Please use the Library's online catalog for complete periodical holdings.

The Little Maga/Zine Collection continues to grow, mainly through donations. If you would like us to consider your little magazine or zine for the collection, please contact the Book Arts & Special Collections Center at (415)557-4560. Our email address is or visit the library online at The Little Maga/Zine Collection finding aid is available on the library’s website at


All titles are filed alphabetically word by word (disregard articles, e.g. the, le, los), with place of publication, when known, printed after the title. Records are brief, listing title and holdings only. All magazines are located in pamphlet-size (LM P) boxes, unless otherwise noted. An appendix lists oversized magazines. HOLDINGS ARE CURRENT AS OF JANUARY 2016.

For more information please ask a librarian.

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LM Call number for the Little Maga/Zine Collection
LM P Magazine is located in pamphlet-size box
LM PL Magazine is located in legal-size box
LM FB Magazine is located in flat box
LM FFB Magazine is located in flat folio box


The Little Maga/Zine Collection is a non-circulating collection. Photocopies may be requested in person (or by phone, fax, email, letter) at the Book Arts & Special Collections Center. Readers who live outside the city of San Francisco should use their local library’s interlibrary loan service.

Requests for photocopies are subject to the rules of the Book Arts & Special Collections Center. Fragile materials will not be photocopied. Black and white photocopies are 10 cents per 8.5”x11” page; color photocopies are 40 cents per page. Patrons are limited to 50 photocopies per day. There is a $1.00 service charge for mailing completed photocopy orders. All fees must be paid in advance.

Copyright restrictions may apply: The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

For publishing purposes users are required to seek permission from copyright holders. For more information contact the Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20559. Copyright information may be found on the Copyright Office's website at Patrons may also consult the resources of the San Francisco Public Library's Government Information Center, Fifth Floor, Main Library, 415.557.4500; on the web at

Contact Information

Please direct all communication regarding requests, corrections to the catalogue, and donations to the Little Maga/Zine Collection to:

The Marjorie G. & Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
FAX: 415.437.4849

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