Having resided in the same home, in Elephant & Castle, London, for the past 33 years, the Feminist Library is now having to relocate, due to planned redevelopment of the current building. They are in conversations about securing a new home with the local Council and have successfully completed its big crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to be able to afford to move at the end of Women’s History Month 2019.
The Feminist Library has been on a mission of saving women’s histories for over 43 years now and is one of the most incredible resources on the topic in the UK. With over 7,000 books, 1,500 periodicals, and countless items of ephemera and archives, it remains faithful to its original mission, and accepts all donations of feminist materials that come its way, to ensure that no herstories get lost for generations to come.
Despite years of struggle against eviction, unsustainable rent increases and gentrification, the Library remains independent and autonomous resource, in an effort to keep accessibility at its core. It’s almost totally volunteer-run.
With the help of over 1,000 supporters, the Library has now closed its crowdfunding campaign, having raised all the money needed to move it and to refurbish its new home to make it ready for a library.
However, the job is far from done. It is a big job to move a library, and so they will also need all the help that they can get with sorting out their collections before the move too. If you’re interested in volunteering to help out with that, please get in touch with Katie, the Library’s volunteers coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the campaign and how you can support here:
The Feminist Library also needs ongoing funding to keep going – to help with covering their running costs. If you’re interested in supporting the Library with a small (or large!) regular donation, you can sign up to be a Friend here.