A local 'interactive graphic novel' project, devoted to and run by lovers of libraries and books.
The fabulous comrades from the local Federation of Masked Booksellers (FMB) are tirelessly striving to rescue books and redistributing them at minute prices to support good causes. They are often to be found at local events and their annual Mega-Booksale at their miraculous pop-up bookshop in Carlton, Nottinghamshire, should not be missed! You can also find them on Facebook and Flickr.
Independent bookshop (and publishing house) in Nottingham City Centre.
Providing a safe environment for women and offering support, training, activities and more.
Celebrating, promoting and researching the contribution of women to Nottingham’s history.
Offering workspaces, networking opportunities, advice, creative and professional support.
A brilliant place full of awesome documents, run by lovely people who are always happy to share their specialist knowledge.
Blog of Nottingham AF.
Turn to your friendly neighbourhood Histerians for guided walks, fine books (from their very own publishing house Loaf On A Stick Press) and talks and events. If you want to know about how our Castle got torched, our major knocked over by a massive cheese, WWI death sentences and mutineers and much more, look no further! We are very happy to curate their collection of local history books and pamphlets here at the Sparrows’ Nest.
The Sumac Centre is a volunteer-run social and community space based in Forest Fields, Nottingham and the headquarters of Veggies Catering Campaign.
Please note: this is of course by no means a comprehensive list of such places in the UK, let alone elsewhere. Many of the following are listed because we have personal ties to them, they donated materials to us, etc. For an extensive list please see also the website of the Fédération internationale des centres d'étude et de documentation libertaires (FICEDL)
1in12 Club, Bradford
Opened in 1996, Bradford's 1in12 Club also offers a sizeable collection of literature, and maintains a space which plays host (in addition to the book-related activities) to films, meetings, internet access and meals.
56a Infoshop, London
56a Infoshop is a volunteer-run DIY social centre in Walworth, South London.
The library of the Argentinian section of the IFA, also featuring digitised documents.
Biblioteca e Observatório dos Estragos da Sociedade Globalizada, Lisbon (Portugal)
Read more about this excellent library in our report on a congress in Frankfurt in August 2016.
Bibliothek der Freien, Berlin (Germany)
An anarchist library opened in 1993. Extensive collections curated by lovely people. We met them a few times on meetings and mutual visits and they donated some excellent materials to the Nest. Their website features a detailed ‘About’ section in English.
Big Flame was a socialist project in the 1970s and 80s which produced a series of themed papers which were influential on the libertarian left and anarchism alike. On this site you can find information and a number of digitised publications. If you want to see the real thing, copies of Big Flame and the Libertarian Communist Group’s (LCG) paper Libertarian Communist can be found at the Sparrows' Nest.
Bishopsgate Institute, London
Running adult education courses and hosting a brilliant library.
Black Pigeon, Dortmund (Germany)
An anarchist book and cultural centre.
Centre International de Recherches sur l'Anarchisme (CIRA), Lausanne (Switzerland)
CIRA was 50 years old in 2007. The CIRA is an anarchist library and archive, a place dedicated to memory, which lives thanks to the generosity of authors and publishers, and thanks to the work of dozens and dozens of people who devote their time and money to this work of preservation.
The Cowley Club, Brighton
Social centre, also featuring a library, also a member of Radical Routes.
The Feminist Library, London
Feminist Library holds a large collection of Women's Liberation Movement literature.
Hydra Books, Bristol
Radical and independent book shop-come-café.
Kate Sharpley Library, London and California
Committed to preserving and promoting anarchist history, often donates brilliant materials to the Sparrows’ Nest.
A site maintained by a small collective of libertarian communists based in and around London. Features loads of materials and resources, a newsfeed, forum, etc.
News from Nowhere, Liverpool
Radical and community bookshop.
Schwarzen Radieschen, Graz (Switzerland)
Infoshop, café and library.
The Women’s Library (at LSE), London
Documents all aspects of women’s lives, with an emphasis on women in the UK throughout the great political, economic and social changes of the past 150 years.
Please note: this is of course by no means a comprehensive list of such places in the UK, let alone elsewhere. Please also see the Alliance of Radical Booksellers.
Active Distribution, London
AK Press, London and California
AK Press is a worker-managed independent publisher and book distributor that specialises in radical left and anarchist literature.
One of the last remaining radical bookshops in London.
A publishing project based in South London, exploring London radical history.
PM Press is an independent publisher that specializes in radical, Marxist and anarchist literature, as well as crime fiction, graphic novels, music CDs, and political documentaries.
Please note: this is of course by no means a comprehensive list of bookfairs in the UK, let alone elsewhere. Please also see the Alliance of Radical Booksellers.
The UK’s largest anarchist bookfair is held every year down in that London and always worth a trip. Read more about its early days in our blog.
Salon du livre anarchiste/Anarchistische Büchermesse, Bern (Switzerland)
Inspired by the London Bookfair, this event has taken place every year since 2009.
Consisting of a number of sections from Europe and the Americas. The British section is the Anarchist Federation (AFed), and their local branch is Nottingham AF. We are very happy that the AFed entrusted us with their archives.
Consisting of a number of sections from Europe, South America and Australia. The British section is the Solidarity Federation (SolFed). We are very happy that the SolfFed entrustred us with their archives and that large archival collections from the various predecessors of the modern day SolFed (notably the Anarchist Federation of Britain, AFB and the Syndicalist Workers’ Federation, SWF) have also found their way in our collections.