I asked the contributors and friends to recommend radical or alternative library resources, and here's what people suggested (along with some comments). Categories are not tightly defined!

Have a suggestion? Email info -AT- - Melissa Morrone


Library, Research, and Education Activism

The Bookery (a project of Equal Education; “my volunteer experience at the Bookery was the funnest thing I've ever done”)

Collectif de recherche sur l'autonomie collective (Le CRAC)

GELA (Greater Edmonton Library Association) Prison Project

Institute for Anarchist Studies

Jessamyn West (“I found her by reading The Anarchist's Tool Chest by Christopher Schwarz”)

Librarians Without Borders

Progressive Librarians Guild

Radical Librarian Collective

Radical Library of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

Radical Reference

Research Justice

Room to Read

Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association

Team Colors Collective

Urban Librarians Unite


Social Movements

African Activist Archive, Michigan State University

The Anarchist Library

Anarchy Archives

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind (“ill archival practice”)

Kate Sharpley Library (also has a physical space in Northern California, open by appointment only) library (one contributor recommends Larry Law)

Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada

Mother Earth Magazine on Project Gutenberg

The Palestine Poster Project Archives

Philadelphia Social Justice Archives (Philadelphia, PA)

San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, Black Panthers Collection

The Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism

Spelman College, Archives/Women's Resource & Research Center ("Official repository of the College, the oldest historically Black college for women, as well as the personal papers of writers-activists Audre Lorde and Toni Cade Bambara and artist Selma Burke.")

WTO Seattle Collection, University of Washington


Books, Zines, and Multimedia

AK Press (“my favorite place for radical publishing [other than Library Juice]”)

The Alternative Press Center

The Bidoun Library

Docs Populi (Lincoln Cushing)

Freedom Archives

Public Collectors

Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP)

Revolting Books and their Black Cardigan Collective (Wellington, New Zealand)



Radical Libraries and Archives

ABC No Rio Zine Library (New York, NY)

Barnard Zine Library (New York, NY)

La Belle Époque (Montreal, QC)

Catherwood Library, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Center for Cooperatives, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)

Centre de recherche en imagerie populaire, Université du Québec à Montréal (Montreal, QC)

Fine Arts Reading Room, Concordia University (Montreal, QC)

Holt Labor Library (San Francisco, CA)

Interference Archive (Brooklyn, NY)

Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Junto Library (Winnipeg, MB)

The Lesbian Herstory Archives (Brooklyn, NY)

Prelinger Library (San Francisco, CA)

QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library (Montreal, QC)

Soapbox Zine Library (Philadelphia, PA)

Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College (Northampton, MA)

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University (New York, NY)

Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)