Our collection

Library books 1Our non-fiction collection consists of about 5,000 books dating from 1900 to the present day. The collection is very strong in the areas of the arts, politics and the Women’s Liberation Movement, women’s history, and mental and physical health.

We also have about 2,500 works of fiction from all around the world, the majority of which are in English, with some in various European and Latin American languages.

Our poetry collection consists of some 500 publications, and represents a significant number of little-known and/or self-published woman poets, as well as poetry by more well-known and commercially published women.

The general section is supported by a wide-ranging bibliography section and three donations: the Matriarchy Collection, the Marie Stopes/Birth Control Collection, and the recently acquired collection of the Women’s Health Library.

An estimated 1,500 periodicals titles are represented. They date from the late 1960s to the present day and they occupy about 85 metres of library shelving.

Please click here for an A-Z list of periodicals held or here for a list of periodicals by subject. Please note that these lists are not up to date or comprehensive, and we cannot guarantee the availability of any one title.

For more information on the collections, please contact us.


The Feminist Library Pamphlet Collection

In 2009, the Feminist Library Pamphlet Collection was donated to the Bishopsgate Institute, where it is being catalogued and cared for in a temperature-controlled environment.

“From lack of public toilets in London to female genital mutilation in Africa, the Feminist Library Pamphlet Collection offers, some times shocking, insights to women’s lives across the world. The collection also gives an exciting and comprehensive view of the women’s liberation movement.”

For more information on the pamphlet collection and to search the catalogue, visit Bishopsgate’s website.