Feminist Library e-bulletin. Issue 25, October 2016.
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Welcome to the October edition of the Feminist Library e-bulletin

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Opening Hours: Mondays 7-9pm (from November), Tuesday 7-9 pm, Wednesday 2-6pm, Thursday 7-9pm, Friday 11-5pm and Saturday 12-5pm for the Feminist Library Bookshop.

To arrange a visit outside opening hours, please email us at

Please note that Lambeth North (our nearest tube station) is closed until Feb 2017, while they repair the lift. Speaking of lifts, apologies that owing to circumstances beyond our control you still have to climb six stairs before you can access the Feminist Library lift.


Good News - the Library is on its way to a new home – but not for a while!
We are very pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Southwark Council to let us stay in our current home until we move into new premises.  Our plan is to move into a space at OKRS (Old Kent Road Studios), a new venue on the Ledbury Estate, SE15, which is transforming 60 vacant garages into spaces for workshops, studios, a café, and many learning and cultural activities. We hope our space will be ready for us to move into by next Spring, but of course there is a lot of work (and fundraising!) to be done in the meantime, so we’ll keep you posted.
Massive thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, signed our petition, donated and volunteered, it has made an enormous difference. We look forward to your continuing support for the next exciting phase of our journey.

Support our move - Become a Friend
Although we have found a new home our fight is far from over, as we will still need to fundraise to afford the higher rental costs at OKRS, to make our units ready, and provide new shelving and other equipment.  If you love the Feminist Library and would like to see us continue for another 40 years, please consider becoming a Friend. From as little as £3 a month (or the equivalent each year), you can help preserve Feminist Herstory and our priceless collection of books, periodicals and archives. Please sign up here today: Like to know more? Please email

Forthcoming Events
Feminist Yoga
Thursday 20th October, Thursday 27th October, Thursday 3rd November and Thursday 10th November, 7 to 8:30pm at the Feminist Library

After the power and transformations shared at Kat Hymas’s feminist Affective Yoga and meditation workshops, and the moving and inspiring feedback from them, there have been requests for more classes. So...

Kat will be running a 4 week course exploring the relationship between feminist feelings or emotions and yoga (physical postures, breathing and meditation) with a focus on healing! When we get involved in feminism we often experience emotions, such as pain, anger, hope and wonder. We hold these emotions in our physical and emotional bodies. Embodied feelings show us why transformations are so difficult, but also how they are possible.

During this course we will explore the emotions we embody as a result of our feminism(s), releasing the pain and anger to approach change from a place of peace and love, and build on and strengthen the hope and wonder we have in ourselves to continue to fight for change in our societies.

Each week will take a different but connected theme. Open to all levels - you don't need to have prior yoga experience. For more information and to book your place: Email or Facebook @affectiveyoga
The cost of the course (all 4 classes) is based on a sliding scale (£40 unemployed/£50 part-time employed/£60 employed) and will donate to the 'Save the Feminist Library’ campaign.
Feminist Library at the Anarchist Bookfair
Saturday 29th October, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Park View School, West Green Road, London, N15 3QR

Come and visit the Feminist Library at the Anarchist Bookfair where will be running a stall. Browse our unique collection of feminist books, literature and zines, stock up on a Feminist Library tote bag or two, and find out what we are up to and how you can get involved.

Related Events
Challenging Inequality: A Workshop for Women Historians in UK Universities
Friday October 14th, 9.30am - 6.00pm. St Hilda's College, Oxford

The publication in 2015 of the Royal Historical Society’s report on Gender Equality and Historians in UK Higher Education highlighted a number of concerns about the persistence of barriers to gender equality in British universities. Professors Senia Paseta and Selina Todd, co-Directors of Women in the Humanities, invite women historians currently employed in British universities to a one day workshop on Challenging Inequity in our Discipline.

Speakers include:
×       Prof Mary Vincent (Sheffield) and Prof Nicola Miller (UCL), authors of the RHS Gender Report
×       Trudy Coe, Head of the Equality and Diversity Unit, and Prof Jane Humphries (Oxford)
×       Prof Jo Fox (Durham) and Prof Lynn Abrams (Glasgow)
The workshop will be organised around a series of panels so that all participants will be able to share their own experiences and ideas. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided, but we will ask for a £10 voluntary contribution on the day. Information link Registration is essential.

Guerrilla Girls: Is it even Worse in Europe?
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX
1st October 2016 – 5th March 2017

The Guerrilla Girls’ new exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery revisits their 1986 poster stating ‘It’s Even Worse in Europe’. It explores diversity in European art organisations, presenting responses to questionnaires sent to 383 directors about their exhibitions programme and collections. Deploying their strategic combination of humour, information, bold graphics and subversive use of public space, their latest campaign includes a banner installed on the front of the Gallery and a display of posters and new research.

For Books Sake - That's What She Said: Halloween Spoken Word Spooktacular
Wednesday 26th October, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
London: The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH.
Manchester: Polari @ Via, 30 Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3EZ.

Join For Books Sake in either London or Manchester (maybe not at the same time – that would be a bit too spooky!)) on 26th October for their Spooktacular ‘That's What She Said’ nights. Fancy taking a turn at the mic yourself? Email for more info

FLA - Feminist and Women's Libraries and Archives Network meeting
Saturday 19th November, Feminist Library

An opportunity for women’s repositories and their users to discuss issues of common concern. This meeting will include a discussion of copyright issues. Come and visit the Library from noon and bring your lunch. The formal meeting will start at 1:30pm.

Please contact for further details.

What is the Feminist Library?

The Feminist Library is a large archive collection of Women’s Liberation Movement literature, particularly second-wave materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990s.
Our collection consists of about 7,000 books dating from 1900 to the present day, including about 2,500 works of fiction, poetry and drama, pamphlets and ephemera, and thousands of feminist periodicals from around the world. We seek to support today’s feminist movement by providing a space to meet, organise and research, and to continue collecting contemporary feminist works

Opening Hours

Mondays 7-9pm – from November
Tuesdays 7-9pm
Wednesdays 2-6pm
Thursday 7-9pm
Friday 11-5pm
Saturdays 12-5pm for the Feminist Library Bookshop.

Thanks to all those who have set up standing orders to support the Feminist Library recently, and to all our ongoing supporters. Your donations really are appreciated. We still need lots more people to make regular donations. We've made it much easier for you to set up a regular standing order or make a one-off donation - do this via Charity Checkout here.

Please consider remembering the Feminist Library in your will. Read about the legacy donation of Ethel Buddle here.

The Feminist Library is a registered charity (No. 272410) with no access to core funding, and relying entirely on the generosity of individual donors. We need your donations to support our efforts to preserve this important and historic collection and space at a time when archives around the UK are increasingly at risk. We use any funds raised to cover core costs and develop our ongoing outreach programme. Please write to us at to discuss the various ways you could help us financially.

Volunteering at the Feminist Library

The Feminist Library is run by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers with diverse interests, from many backgrounds and of all ages. We always need more volunteers to get involved. Volunteering at the Feminist Library offers you a great experience of feminist archiving and activism, experience of working in a feminist organisation, collective working -  there are a wide range of roles and ways you can get involved.

We are currently looking for help in the following areas:
-Events & Stalls
-Tech support
We also have ongoing volunteer opportunities in:
- Collections, especially if you have library or archive experience
- Bookshop
- Newsletter & Bulletin
Please send volunteer enquiries to

The Volunteer Coordinators are Vanessa & Lexi who open the Library on Thursdays from 7-9pm. Anyone interested in volunteering should try and visit us during this time (or arrange a visit with us) so that we can discuss volunteer opportunities and put you in touch with the Working Group Coordinators.
If you can donate any amount of time to the Feminist Library, no matter how small or irregular it may be, do please consider volunteering. We really do appreciate your support.

Feminist Library T-shirts now available in tasteful raspberry, blueberry, and other colours, sizes S, M, L and XL. £12 each or £20 for two.

BRAND NEW: Convenient and stylish Feminist Library backpacks, £6 each or two for £10.

Save the Feminist Library badges – 50p each at the library, or order them by post in multiples of 10 for £5 to sell to your friends.

See all our merchandise at our stalls, or come down and visit the bookshop on Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m.

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