It was inspired by Boekie Woekie in Amsterdam, and began, in 2001, as an artist-run space selling other art pieces also.
It is located in the Degraves Street underpass that connects to Flinders Street Station.
Along two walls of the shop, in the window, and on the sales counter, zines are displayed for sale, mostly at small prices. There is also a wooden box via which zines can be swapped. There is a low table in the middle of the room for zine production, a typewriter or two for hire, and a photocopier.
Whilst the zines available there are predominantly not science fiction fanzines, there have been exceptions.
Sticky Institute runs an annual Festival of the Photocopier.