- The IPRC offers access to workspace and tools to aid production and distribution of zines, comics, hand-bound books and artwork. It is one of the only self-publishing centers of its kind.
This includes computer workstations for writing, scanning, graphic design & desktop publishing, and high-speed Internet access for research and networking purposes. Two copiers, five table-top letterpresses, a Bind-Fast 5 Perfect-Binding Machine and various other tools for creating, binding, and assembling publications. We also have two art galleries and one of the nation's largest circulating zine libraries.
The IPRC is a publishing resource center, NOT a publishing house.
We can supply you with everything you need to publish a book; over our 16-year existence a small infinity of local and national presses have utilized the IPRC’s services. But the IPRC cannot publish or distribute your book for you—we CAN, however, provide you with all the tools and equipment needed to publish a fine quality book yourself, one you can then distribute how you see fit. And give us a call if you have questions about that 503-827-0249!
- Workspace and equipment is available to the public.
- *sliding scale
Letterpress Print Shop
After completing Intro to Letterpress or equivalent, the letterpress print shop at the IPRC has open print hours with trained staff available to help you with your project.
Currently the print shop open hours are:
- Sundays 2 - 8pm
- Mondays 5 - 9pm
- Thursdays 6 - 9pm
- (After you are fully trained, you may qualify for full-access printing during all IPRC open hours.)
- You may call ahead to sign up for a press. To use the presses you must purchase a $30 10-use punch card, or pay $3 each time you ink a press. The Letterpress print shop is always looking for volunteers to help out, and volunteers may use the letterpress room for free.
- The IPRC maintains a library of over 6,000 self-published and independently produced materials. Items are available to the public for circulation and for reference use. The library contains materials that are not otherwise represented in public libraries and that may be lost forever without our efforts. Located on the shelves are comics, chap books, novels, catalogs, zines, artists' books, and more. A comprehensive reference section includes artists books, guides, criticism, history and how-to information available to examine and use in the library. Additionally, all materials produced in whole or part at the IPRC are archived as part of this collection.
- We gladly welcome any and all donations of your publication or collection. The library's only source for acquisitions is through the donations of individuals, editors and publishers. Without their generosity our shelves would be empty. We appreciate it if you are able to make a monetary donation; it enables us to purchase important publications that we are unable to get through donations and helps to defray the costs of operating the library. You may send them to directly to the IPRC c/o the library or drop them by during our open hours.
- The collection is easy to browse as it is labeled and categorized by subject and alphabetized by title. Extensive effort has gone into cataloging the collection, enabling library users to search by title, author, publisher, date, subject and contents. Checking out materials is easy. Simply stop by the Center and fill out a registration form to get your library number which enables you to check-out up to 10 publications for 2 weeks.
- For donation information, or other library inquiries, contact the IPRC library at firstname.lastname@example.org