Digital Library

To access the catalogue and to search for digitised documents, please use our Search function.

In order to make the materials held at the Sparrows’ Nest easily accessible, we have been digitising materials since the early 2010s. Please note that the digitised materials are but the tip of the iceberg, materials continue to keep coming in much faster than we can catalogue (let alone scan!) them, so if you cannot find what you are looking for, please get in touch, we may well have a copy.

We continue to add materials to our Digital Library and will also update our collection in the Internet Archive. To make sure you are being kept up to date, please get in touch to be added to our (low traffic) mailing list.

We are always happy for users' suggestions which documents to digitise next, so if you have any proposals, please contact us.

Of course, we can only do what we do because people donate their stuff to us. So if you have any materials or if know anyone who has any documents which might be of interest, please do not chuck them out, but get in touch with us!

Content and trigger warning

Most materials in our collections offer awesome and inspiring content, but you may encounter historical materials which are not anarchist/left-libertarian/anti-authoritarian. Furthermore some materials contain triggering content which is racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, nationalistic, anti-Semitic, ableist, ageist, or otherwise not representative of the movement. Also be aware that some of the materials contain sexually explicit content and/or depictions and descriptions of physical and psychological abuse, sexual violence, etc. If you wish to access information but do not want to take the risk of being exposed to potentially triggering and/or traumatising content, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we will be happy to assist you as much as possible.

The first series of Anarchy, published between 1961 and 1970 by London based Freedom Press and edited by Colin Ward, is a popular, fascinating and beautiful highlight in our collections.