College libraries giving students a voice

A college library project has been helping students with their mental welfare throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

City Zine Library is an initiative that aims to connect students and help them feel comfortable reflecting on, and opening up about, their mental health.

Organised by the college library, the main goal for City Zine Library is to give students a voice through the creative arts.

Jennifer Hogg, Senior Information Assistant at the college, explains:

“Zines are DIY publications that bring people together within a specific topic or sub-culture. It’s about creating a community - in this case City Libraries - where students feel able to express their emotions through creativity.

“We’re keen to encourage contributions from the wider student body but initially approached students within creative industries’ for a special Quarantzine edition. There are now two volumes which focus on their time during the two national lockdowns and contain reflections, art, poetry, photography and crafts. There is also a poetry zine called Cognomen which features contributions from 13 students.”

Niamh McInally, BA Hons Photography student, said:

"I thoroughly enjoyed being involved with Quarantzine 2 for a few reasons. Firstly, this opportunity made me feel extremely proud, as it was only the second time my photographic work has ever been published. Moreover, one of my photographic images now stands as part of a collection of experiences of the creative students within City of Glasgow College during the global pandemic in 2020, which makes me proud to have contributed to.

“The zine is something that I will be able to look back on in many years to come, which was a positive to take from the pandemic that unfortunately robbed me of my last year at the college. Overall, seeing the creative work of other students within the college inspired me to continue creating during this challenging time, so that was also a bonus."

City Zines can be accessed through the online college library and for further information please contact jennifer.hogg@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk.