Artists' Books & Zines at the SMFA

Special Collections

Our special collections house artists' books showcasing a wide range of conceptual and structural approaches to making art in the form of a book. The collection also contains photo art books, underground comics, and some rare books. Special collections are in-library use only and by appointment by contacting Darin Murphy.


The SMFA Library collects zines created by the SMFA community and by local and international artists. Our collection features varied techniques, styles, and subjects, including photocopier and risograph printing, photography, collage, drawing, comics, poetry, autobiography, social activism, and more. Zines can be checked out for 14 days at a time.

We want your zines!

If you want to sell or donate your publications to the SMFA Library, please contact Carrie Salazar or fill out our SMFA Library Zine Collection Creator Donation Form.