The Richmond Independent Zine Library






The Richmond Independent Zine Library is a permanent feature of Gallery5. RIZL Holds thousands of zines which are available for public perusal, and also features a work space, reading lounge, and rotating displays of zine-related art in our secondary gallery and display cases.

Come see us during Gallery5’s open hours (Wednesday 4-10, Thursday/Friday/Saturday 11-5), or by appointment.

For all RIZL-related inquiries, email cmd fenton at community@gallery5arts.org.



Special Exhibits

The RIZL gallery hosts rotating zine-related art and zine exhibits! Currently on display:


Richmond Resists!

January 5-February 25, 2017


Gallery5 and the Richmond Independent Zine Library are excited to present Richmond Resists, a curated show of art, artifacts, zines, and paraphernalia collected from local activists, protests, and resistance movements past and present. The show is curated by C. M. D. Fenton and features items from the collections of All the Saints Theater Company, the Richmond Peace Education Center, Virginia River Healers, Rag & Bones, and many more local organizations and activists. Gallery5 will host an intimate soft opening reception on Thursday, January 5th from 6-9pm, followed by a larger opening on Friday, January 6th as part of the Art District’s First Fridays Art Walk. The Friday opening party will feature music from Pete Curry, Red Feather, and Fuzz Queen. The show will be on view during gallery open hours (Wednesdays 4-10 and Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 11-5, weekly) and by appointment through February 25th.


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Virginia River Healers 2016 Campaign Video Still

In our turbulent political climate, we are excited to take this opportunity to reflect on the work of richmond activists throughout the years. This show is a work in collaboration and comradeship with our community, and aims to engage viewers with the work of changemakers in our community. Richmond Resists takes a broad view of documentation of resistance movements, and is comprised of a varied and engaging collection. The Richmond Independent Zine Library will feature a specially curated collection of resistance-related zines on our browsing shelves.



All The Saints Theater Company May Day March


For additional press images or other information, contact Claude Marin Fenton at (804) 510-0488 or community@gallery5arts.org.





Share your zines!

RIZL loves zine donations! Add your zines (or your zine collection!) to our library, where they can be seen and enjoyed by countless patrons. Drop offs are accepted during open hours, or by mail at:


200 W Marshall St

Richmond VA 23220


For mail larger than a mail slot:


c/o ART180

114 W Marshall St

Richmond VA 23220