The Skye Zine Library

The Skye Zine library is a new communal zine project that shares zines and mini publications via distribution points across Skye and Lochalsh.

The Skye Zine Library aims to distribute information quickly and independently across our dispersed rural population – connecting and mapping the ideas of individuals, collectives and activists in our locale.

What is a zine? Zines are non-commercial, independent publications that can be made by anyone. Often using DIY methods, many zines start by creating a handmade design which is then photocopied and shared with others.

The Skye Zine Library shares alternative voices, worlds, ideas and perspectives – gathering stories, skills, knowledge and actions of local people, and to pool and map knowledge from around Skye, Lochalsh and elsewhere.

How to contribute to the library:

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There are many ways you can contribute to the library. The idea is to make and share a zine in any way you wish.

Once it’s ready, deposit your zine back into the collection point. ATLAS Arts will collect them, photocopy and reshare them across the island – as a new communal island library. We’ll make copies of your zine to be read across Skye and Lochalsh, and you’ll find them back at the collection point soon.

ATLAS has also distributed resources in locations across the island for making zines. Take a look at the map and the list below to find out where.

Current locations for The Skye Zine Library are: Staffin Community Hall, Kilmuir Helpers – Whitewave, Uig Community Hall, ATLAS Arts, Portree Archive Centre, Dunvegan Bus Stop, Minginish Community Hall, Auchtertyre Bus Stop, An Crùbh, Armadale Stores, Kyle Blessing Box, Edinbane Community Hall

You may also want to take a look at the Zine making videos below.

The Skye Zine Library is part of Making Publics, an ongoing programme exploring community building through publishing.