The Feminist Library is a space where researchers, activists and interested members of the public can learn about and make feminist history. We have links with a variety of other community organisations.
The library continues to act as a vital resource for researchers working on topics including women’s history, feminist publishing, and political activism. A growing number of users are researching the history of the Feminist Library.
“I used the Feminist Library for my masters research when I found my university libraries lacking in some core texts from the early years of the women’s movement. The first time I walked in I couldn’t believe it – I had been so used to switching between different libraries to consult the always limited collections on the ‘women’s’ shelves, and here was an entire library, full with every book I’d even seen referenced and so many more. The fiction section particularly excited me, to have women’s and feminist novels collected together and accessible in that way is something really unique.” Tekabe Addis, masters’ student.
A number of like-minded groups use the Feminist Library as a place to meet, plan and work. We regularly host the London Feminist Network book group. During the education cuts protest on December 9th 2010, the library acted as a safe space to which Woodcraft Folk members could come to warm up and recover.
“I am really pleased that we have been able to establish a link with the Feminist library this year. It is a fantastic resource which we used as a safe space to support young people protesting. It is great to know we could use it to support our educational work with young people in the future.” Kit Jones, The Woodcraft Folk
Current Community Space Schedule:
Events and Workshops
We hold regular social, cultural and educational events, both at the Library and externally in collaboration with other organisations. Recent events have included our Summer and Winter Benefits, Writers Reading Feminism at Uniqlo Tate Lates, the After Astra exhibition at South London Gallery, the Feminist Graphic Arts events, and a series of B A R D O Walks. Past workshops have included our Women’s Studies Without Walls programme, and the 40th Anniversary Salon series. We are currently running Mindfulness & Writing workshops and Feminist Yoga workshops.
All upcoming events are listed on our Events Page.
If you would like to use our space for an event or meeting please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org