My friend just forwarded me this e-mail message:
It is with mixed emotions that we are announcing the temporary closure of the Denver Zine Library (DZL) which has been housed at The Other Side Arts on Platte St. for the past few years. There are several factors contributing to this temporary closure that we’d like to share with you. We have often found ourselves struggling to meet the demands of rent expenses, making us recognize that we cannot sustainably maintain our current location. Our core group of board members have also been taking on the role of volunteers, consistently sharing the responsibility of staffing the DZL every weekend so that it can remain open. Unfortunately, we have seen very few visitors, and while we know there is community interest in having a zine library in Denver, we want to make sure those same community members are invested in both visiting/utilizing the DZL as well as telling others about this incredible resource.
Though we are sad to be making this decision, we are hopeful and excited about the future of the DZL. We will be packing up and storing, with love and care, the entire library that has been diligently collected and cataloged all these years and when we find a new, more sustainable space, we will be re-opening. We do not know at this point when or where that will be, but we want you to know that the DZL is not going away. We are committed to being an available resource for our community once again, if you want us to be.
Which brings us to perhaps the most important part of this notice. We are reaching out to you, the community, in this time of transition. If you know of any good spaces or space-sharing options for us, by all means let us know! Any takers for helping us pack up? We are planning on packing and moving during the month of July and are in need of boxes. Also if you have any interest in being a part the re-visioning process, have ideas for the DZL or would like to volunteer once we are up and running again we would LOVE to hear from you especially. The more the better! The most important part of any organization thriving and not just surviving is the support of the people in the community.
Please contact Josiah (firstname.lastname@example.org or 720 940 3858) or Brandi (email@example.com) to get connected and be a part of this process.
If you love zine culture, community, and history and you want to have this important part of DIY culture as a part of your city, support us in whatever way you can! Talk to others and spread the word about what’s happening with the DZL. Share ideas with us on what would make the DZL more accessible. We’re excited about the future of the DZL, but we can’t do it without your help, interest and involvement.
We’re planning on having one last Shindig/Fundraiser at the space itself to have some closure and celebrate all the great stuff that has happened at TOSA with the DZL over the years. We’ll keep you posted with forthcoming information on that.
Thanks for all of your love over the past five years,
The Denver Zine Librarians