Prydonians of Prynceton Lending Library

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Name: Prydonians of Prynceton Lending Library
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Type: fanzine lending library
Fandom: Blake's 7, Doctor Who, multimedia
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The Prydonians of Prynceton Lending Library was a fanzine lending library run by the Prydonians of Prynceton fanclub. The fanzine collection featured mainly Blake's 7 fanzines published through 1990, but it also included Doctor Who and multi-media zines. With a subscription membership, fans could borrow zines by mail. The membership fee was a one time charge of $10 with a .50 cents /zine/month lending fee.

The operation date of the the lending library is not clear, however by 1993 the library had shut down and the collection, which consisted of eighteen 2-drawer file cabinets, moved into the home of one of the fanclub members.

Attempts to revive the library ran into several logistical issues, one of which was that inconsistent record keeping made it difficult to separate out personal zines from library zines. The zines came from a variety of sources: some zines were donations-in-lieu-of-membership fee, some were bought with cash membership fees, some with the zine/month lending fee, some were donated by their publishers or by GIAFiating fen or by just plain generous fen, and some were purchased with the librarian's personal money. In 1993, the Fanzine Archives run by Ming Wathne offered $2,000 for the collection but this was felt to be far less than it was worth on the used zine market. The fate of the collection remains unknown.