The People’s Forum Library, featuring the Haydée Santamaría lending and the W.E.B. DuBois reference collections, aims to be a resource to help individual learning, complementing the collective learning happening in the space.

We view the library as a playful dérive into both global histories of struggle and future possibilities in late capitalism. We invite you to check out up to two books for two weeks from the Haydée Santamaría Lending Library with our receptionist. Our circulating books are a part of the space that you can take home (temporarily) after the letter-writing, drumming event, or seminar is done. You are also welcome to read books in the W.E.B. DuBois Reference Library on the mezzanine level during our open hours.

Some of the world’s most insightful and ferocious fighters and leaders have been self-educated outside the boundaries of formal education, and we hope to be able to facilitate such transformative learning through this library. As Audre Lorde famously said, “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” we must create our own tools to implement our vision of a better world.

If you want to propose book donations, please visit our Donate Books page.