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There is no better way to look at the current state of affairs, or research changes in any and every aspect of society, than by reading magazines.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a huge and amazing variety, in multiple formats. We have titles that go back to the year 1731. We have current subscriptions both in print and electronic formats.

Searching for an article? Start with these databases.

We have Periodical Indexes for article searches in book format as well: Over 1500!

Want to browse our current print subscriptions by Subject or Alphabetical List?

Want to see a list of all the Music Periodicals, historical and current, that we have in our entire collection?

Want to peruse every periodical in our collection old and new? OVER 10,000!

Want to read magazines on your electronic device?

Want to check out our Zine Collection and read our Zine Blog?

Whether for professional or entertainment purposes, research or curiosity, hobbies, health, family, finance, sports, pop culture, politics, fashion, music, art or science, the list goes on and on. We have something for everyone!


*The photos are different places in the Main Library in Oakland, but there are browsing magazine collections in all of the library branches in the city.

**All photos by Joelle.

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Drawing Power: Comics, Zines, and Books in Pittsburgh and Beyond

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art work by Jim Rugg

Drawing Power: Comics, Zines, and Books in Pittsburgh and Beyond   is a one-day event celebrating and exploring the small press and self-publishing comics and zine community of Pittsburgh and its connection to the larger world.

Saturday, April 20th 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carnegie Museum of Art Theater (lower level), 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Moderators will be Bill Boichel from Copacetic Comics and Caitlin McGurk from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at OSU.

10-10:30 Meet & Greet, tabling
10:30-11:15 Pittsburgh Creators Panel
11:30-12:15 Boulet presentation
12:15-1pm Big Feminist But presentation
1:15-2pm John Porcellino presentation
2:15-3pm 2nd Panel
3:15-4pm Dash Shaw presentation

Pittsburgh Panel (First), Boichel moderator
Andy Scott
Nate McDonough
Lizzee Solomon
Paulette Poullet


image Andy Scott

2nd Panel, McGurk moderator
Ramsey Beyer
John Porcellino
Bill Boichel
Rachel Masilamani


image John Porcellino

Last Panel, McGurk moderator
Jim Rugg
Ed Piskor
Frank Santoro
Dash Shaw


image Dash Shaw

There will be tables packed with locally-produced zines and books for both perusal and sale, as well as new releases from our out-of-town artist guests and a selection from around the world.

You can keep up with DP participants at: http://drawingpower.tumblr.com/

Sprout Fund  Green on White   Drawing Power is sponsored by the Sprout Fund.

– Jude


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The Lost Art of the Handwritten Letter

Dear Eleventh Stack Readers,

Even in (or perhaps despite?) this digital age I live in, I’ve always loved handwritten letters. There’s just something special about someone willing to take the time to craft a newsy letter and it’s even more fun to receive it in the mail; it’s a bonus if it’s handwritten on lovely paper. For over twenty years now, I’ve corresponded with a grad school friend whom I have not seen since 1991 but, every month, we exchange letters. In fact, she refuses to correspond with me via email and, to tell the truth, it wouldn’t be the same. Email makes it too easy to be short and abbreviated but, with paper and pen, I can take my time telling my news; it’s almost meditative.

My minimalist tendencies, however, get in my way. Currently I am trying to use up all of my stationery stock before I even consider buying more. But it has made me even more creative (okay, let’s face it, cheap) and I’ve even taken to using old library book due date cards and old postcards. My friend, on the other hand, always seems to have a limitless supply of beautiful writing papers and cards for every occasion.

I love to write so writing letters and coming up with things to write about has never been a problem for me but, if it is for you, the library has several books to help:

For the Love of Letters : a 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing by Samara O’Shea

The Art of the Handwritten Note : a Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication by Margaret Shepherd

Just Write : the Art of Personal Correspondence by Molly O’Shaughnessy

In closing, as an English major, I can’t let the moment go by without mentioning a few of my favorite epistolary novels that tell a story through letters:

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Until next time,

P.S. There’s even a lovely little zine in our Zine Collection about letter writing:  All This is Mine #12 by Sugene

Source: All This is Mine


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Bikes and Zines, Plus!

Biking Resources at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Main

At  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh we strive to provide information and resources that people want! Because Pittsburgh has such a large/strong bike community, the library makes sure to offer good bike-related resources to the cyclists of our fair town.


We have a number of bike-related resources in the zine collection in the First Floor–New and Featured Department. They’re shelved in a category with a divider that says–you guessed it–“BIKES.” The collection ranges from repair guides to bike trip journals to zines that deal with bikes and city infrastructure questions.

We list our zines in LibraryThing under the member name “clpzines.”  You can search the zine collection here by typing a keyword, zine title or author into the search box.  As of right now, fifty-seven of our 943 zines have a bike-related tag, such as “bike accidents,” “bike gear,” and “bike maps.” We also have Bike Pittsburgh‘s bike map and bike commuting guide.


We’re really excited to host the Bike Pittsburgh Bike Commuting Workshop on Thursday, August 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at CLP—Main. Last year the library hosted a Bike Pittsburgh/Elly Blue and Joe Biel collaborative workshop where Elly and Joe spoke on the history and current situation of bike infrastructure in Portland, OR. We imagine doing more bike-related zine programs in the future, so please let us know in the comments section if you’d like to see this happen!

Books and Movies

We also have books–it’s true! If you look for the Library of Congress call numbers that begin with TL, located on the second floor as part of Reference Services‘ open stacks, you’ll find many bike repair manuals for both mountain and general road bikes. You’ll also find more specific info, such as a Schwinn Bicycle Service Manual from 1972, as part of the reference collection. For a more traditional, yet still bike-related, reading resource, try David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries. Do your kids have bikes? In the Children’s Department, under that same call number, you can find Kids’ Easy Bike Care. Next, visit the Film and Audio Department, where you will find a jillion great bike-related movies, including Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Bicycle Thieves, and Quicksilver.

If you haven’t been to the library to boost your bike love yet, it’s obvious that you need to get there.


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Hey! Some Things You Should Know About Zines at CLP Main!

Okay, first things first.

What’s a zine?
Here are a few peoples’ thoughts on this:

“Zines are cheaply made printed forms of expression on any subject.”

 -from Whatcha Mean What’s a Zine? The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics


“The fanzine goes back as far as the early 1930s, when young science-fiction fans reproduced their own small magazines on messy mimeographs and even messier hectographs, crude precursors to today’s more accessible photocopy machines… The advent of cheaply photocopying in the 1980s liberated the zine. Anyone with something to say could afford to self-publish.  By the 1990s, women, feeling the need to communicate with each other and empowered by Riot Grrrlz, adoped the zine as the perfect medium in which to share their personal life stories, rants, philosophies, humor, poetry – and comics.”

 -from From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Women’s Comics, From Teens to Zines

“A zine is a little periodical that’s generally written, designed, and produced by the same person or group (i.e., self-published).

The content of zines–as well as how they’re put together–are limited only by the imagination of the author and can be made in a number of ways. People have done anything from professing their love of brownies to drawing in crayon about their latest heartbreak.”
 -from  the CLP Main Teen Zines Page

Here at CLP Main we have two zine collections – the Teen Zine collection and the First Floor New and Featured zine collection. The Teen collection now has over 200 zines. These zines can be checked out of the library! They’re housed in the Teen Department and cover a huge variety of topics and have been authored by zine makers locally and nationally. Local authors can donate their work to this collection. These zines  speak to Teen interests and experience. zinecollection200

There’s a brand-spanking new zine browsing collection with an adult focus in one of the reading nooks out on the First Floor. We’re really excited about our plans to offer personal zines, zines on politics, diy/how-to zines, zines on glbtq/gender issues, art and comic zines, health and body image zines, feminist zines, zines authored by people in prison, and locally-authored zines!

You can find both zine collections catalogued on LibraryThing:

Go to http://www.librarything.com/catalog/clpteenszines for the Teen Zines and http://www.librarything.com/catalog/clpzines for the Adult collection.

Hopefully it’s clear by now – you really need to check out our zines. (Or read them here.)

Send us your email address if you’d like to get updates on the zine collection or to hear about our zine-related programming, like zine readings or swaps.



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