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.