Press Coverage

The Feminist Library regularly get coverage in local and national media. Have a look at some recent articles below.

“Access, Not Just Google: Are Infosystems Erasing Women’s Work?” Bitch Media, 13 May 2016.  Article about information access and technology.

“London’s Feminist Library Faces Eviction, Fights to Preserve History” WE.News, 25 April 2016.  Coverage of eviction threat and ‘read-in’ protest outside Southwark Council.

“The Feminist Library: how austerity can have an affect on the history, culture and safety of women” Euro View News, 11 April 2016. After residing in Central London, for 30 years, the Feminist Library is under threat of eviction. What are the consequences of organizations such as this being threatened with closure?

“The battle over the Feminist Library: history and community vs profit” Open Democracy, 23 March 2016. The Feminist Library in London is threatened with eviction. If forced to move, the next generation of feminists and activists will be left without tangible access to their own history.

Feminist Library Protest Photo. Feminist Library / Huffington Post
Huffington Post/Feminist Library

“London’s Feminist Library Faces Shutting Down 30 Years Of History”  Huffington Post, 19 March 2016. “It is a place for me to go. I am happy there. I don’t have to explain myself to anybody and they don’t have to explain themselves to me.”

“Feminist Library granted six-month reprieve by Southwark Council”  London SE1, 16 March 2016. Southwark Council has said that the Feminist Library – which was facing eviction from its Westminster Bridge Road premises – can stay rent-free for six months while it seeks a new home.

Feminist Library Photos. Lynzy Billing / BuzzFeed News
Lynzy Billing/BuzzFeed News

“A Feminist Library Is Fighting For Survival During Women’s History Month”  BuzzFeed, 13 March 2016. For the past 30 years, women have been using a central London library as a place to gather and learn. Now, thanks to funding cuts, it faces an uncertain future.

 

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“A night with Gloria Steinem and why the Feminist Library deserves better”  The Times Literary Supplement, 8 March 2016. On a recent cold evening, Gloria Steinem was gently escorted on to the stage at the Emmanuel Centre…Steinem also noted that just down the road from this grand auditorium, on the other side of the river, was the Feminist Library, and at that very moment a protest was taking place to save it from eviction.

“Irish women join fight to save London’s Feminist Library as petition hits 15,500 signatures”  The Irish Post, 8 March 2016. A group of Irish women are fighting to prevent the closure of a 41-year-old institution that houses some of the most important collections of feminist material in Britain.

“Women Are Taking to the Streets to Save London’s Beloved Feminist Library” Broadly/Vice, 26 February 2016. One of the UK’s most significant archives of women’s history is facing eviction after landlords doubled its rent.


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“Feminist Library faces closure”  London Live, 26 February 2016. Campaigners are fighting to save London’s Feminist Library, which is facing eviction from its home of 30 years.

“The Feminist Library’s eviction shows how gentrification in London is threatening cultural heritage”  IPF, 26 February 2016. The Feminist Library petitioned Southwark Council after an “unlucky and unhappy coincidence” left them pending eviction on the very first day of Women’s History Month.

Photo of Feminist Library at a protest. Feminist Library/Southwark News
Feminist Library/Southwark News

“Feminist Library faces eviction”  Southwark News, 25 February 2016. The Feminist Library has been threatened with eviction from its Westminster Road premises on the first day of Women’s History Month – after being asked for rent by Southwark Council for the first time in seven years.

“Feminist Library threatened with eviction” The Bookseller, 25 February 2016. Over 100 campaigners gathered on Wednesday (24th February) to protest the eviction of London’s Feminist Library from the building that has housed it for 30 years.

“Feminist library threatened with eviction from Westminster Bridge Road home of 40 years after rent spirals”  South London Press, 24 February 2016. Campaigners are fighting to save London’s Feminist Library which is being threatened with eviction due to high rental and service charge costs.

“London’s Feminist Library Faces Closure”  Londonist, 22 February 2016. The library, home to an extensive collection of feminist literature, says Southwark council is seriously threatening its future by demanding an increase in rent from £12,000 to £30,000 a year.

“Feminist Library on Verge of Eviction”  Morning Star, 19 February 2016.
Council doubles rent on eve of Women’s History Month.

“Campaigners are fighting to save London’s Feminist Library as it faces eviction”  We Are The City, 19 February 2016. The Feminist Library is currently facing eviction from their home of 30 years on Westminster Bridge Road, London. Campaigners are now calling for Southwark Council to overturn its decision to charge the volunteer-run organisation rent.

“Members of London’s long standing Feminist Library collective inform us about the project and the latest goings on with the space”  Dissident Island Radio, 19 February 2016.  Episode 169, 0 – 29:11.

Feminist Library Photo. Feminist Library / Guardian
Guardian/Feminist Library

“The Feminist Library faces eviction after rent hike”  The Guardian, 18 February 2016
The Feminist Library’s eviction threat was featured in the Guardian’s Books section.

“London’s Feminist Library faces eviction in rent hike row”  Evening Standard, 18 February 2016. Decision time: The library has been asked to pay £18,000 a year in rent or leave its premises.

“Feminist Library facing eviction on first day of Women’s History Month”  The Telegraph, 17 February 2016. The Feminist Library is facing eviction from the building that has been its home for 30 years.

Photo of Feminist Library. Photo of Feminist Library. Timeout/ Feminist Library
Time Out/Feminist Library

“The Feminist Library could be evicted after 30 years”  Time Out, 17 February 2016. After 30 years, the Feminist Library may be evicted from its home on Westminster Bridge Road on March 1 – ironically, the start of Women’s History Month.

“Save the Feminist Library from Eviction”  Women’s View on News, 16 February 2016. The only archive in London with a wide array of feminist publications accessible to the general public.

“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever” New Statesman, 26 February 2015. Despite scant funding and resources, London’s Feminist Library is turning their 40th year into a celebration of storytelling, history – and, hopefully, sofas.