Help the Feminist Library build its new home

by Feminist Library in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 10th December 2018 we successfully raised £34,763 with 785 supporters in 56 days

Help the Feminist Library raise £30,000 to Build its New Home and Safeguard its Precious Herstories & Community Space for Years to Come

by Feminist Library in London, Greater London, England

New stretch target

We need to raise £30,000 for the basic costs of the move and the fit out, including boxes and van for the move, painting, decorating, shelving, and signage, as well as new electrics for the new space.

An additional £3,000 will allow us make a start on the exhibition space in the new premises.

If we can raise the extra £3,000, the next stretch funding target after that will be £1,200, which would mean we could equip the new Feminist Library with a sound system that would make our events even better! 

And if we can raise all that, we will be extending the stretch target by another £5,308 - it would allow us to get new archival boxes for our precious periodicals collections to protect them better for future generations of feminist.   

The total budget for the move is £65,000 and we will be applying to grant funders to cover the difference, but if we can cover the whole £65,000 with the crowdfunding campaign, we could get started on the works and complete them quicker - meaning the new Feminist Library space would be open to visitors sooner!


It's official! The Feminist Library needs to move in Spring 2019!!!

We now need your support more than ever. We have found a potential new space but we urgently need to raise £30,000 to cover the basic costs of our move to a new home, as we need to leave our current premises in Spring 2019. 

Without this money, the Library might have to close. Please help us protect this vital community resource. Help save the Feminist Library. Donate now.

Feminist Library on the move - feminist dragon logo

Our Urgent Need to Move

The Library has had various homes over the years, but has never had both a stable and adequate space for its valuable collection. 

In 2016 we weathered the most recent crisis when we were faced with eviction. Thanks to massive community support we had a reprieve. (Read more about our struggle to save the Library here.) 

Now, however, the building is due for redevelopment and we do urgently need to move.

Feminist Library demonstration against unsustainable rent increases in 2016

Happily, after a long search, Southwark Council have offered us a new building to rent in Peckham. The building has great potential and we would really like to make this a reality. However it is very expensive to move a library!

We have no choice but to leave our current premises in 2019 and need to fundraise urgently - we need to raise at least £30,000 for the move project, to enable us make the new space ready for us in time. 

We have survived for over 4 decades mostly with the support of our dedicated volunteers and individual supporters, and with next to no governmental or external funding, and we are counting on the community’s support to make this happen. If not we may have to close.

The new building is a former school building in Peckham, just 5 minutes walk from the Peckham LibraryHelp us save the Feminist Library by contributing to this goal! Your money will go towards fitting out the new space, including new shelving, flooring and giving the walls a fresh lick of paint, the move itself, signage, and some legal costs that come with a massive logistical project that is moving a library. 

Our Vision for the New Building 

This move is opening up a new chapter in Feminist Library's herstory - the new space is bigger, at the heart of local community and 100% accessible - allowing us much needed space for both collections and community events programme expansion. It is part of the Sojourner Truth Community Centre - named after the famous African-American activist and abolitionist - located on Sumner Road in Peckham and is completely wheelchair accessible. 

The community space is also a listed building, which will allow us to have the security of space for years to come, that is so much needed for the Library to thrive.

We will be occupying the vibrant community centre, alongside a number of active local, community organisations, including a couple of other women's groups, and hoping to make the Library an even more accessible, inclusive and vibrant feminist hub than it has been so far, by working with the local community. 

Our vision is to give the Library the secure home for the future that it rightly deserves! The new space is 1,500sq ft, which is 50% bigger then our current cramped premises. This will enable us to protect and build on our priceless collection and expand our vibrant community events programme, as well as to have new exhibition space to showcase feminist art and bring out our amazing collections of posters, flyers, pamphlets, vintage badges and tote bags, among many other wonderful items of ephemera that we've collected over the past 4+ decades.

It will give us substantially increased shelving space, as well as office space, a kitchen to provide food at our community events and a gallery wall space. It even backs up onto a park, so we can have community picnics in there!

Our Amazing Volunteers & Feminist Design Collective

The Feminist Library has survived for over 4 decades largely thanks to the undying energy and dedication of our amazing volunteer-run collective - with next to no governmental funding or support. The team is extremely excited about this new chapter in the Library's herstory. But the Library move will be a massive project, which cannot be completed on the goodwill of volunteers alone - we need your help to raise the funds needed to make the new space ready and to move the thousands of books and other materials that the Library holds.
Our feminist architects and designers team at work

We are lucky to also have an amazing team of feminist architects, designers and makers lined up to work on the project, who are giving their time for free to make our new space possible and amazing. The space will be designed by Hi-Vis and Lucy Sanderson, and the fittings built by Power Project - collectives of feminist architects, designers and makers, who will also be teaching young women and non-binary people wood and metal work skills while making the furniture for our new space!
Our feminist architects and designers team presenting our first new space designs at the Feminist Library

About The Feminist Library

The Feminist Library is much more than just a library! It has been around for over 4 decades now, saving women's histories - with over 7,000 books, 1,500 periodical titles and countless archives, pamphlets and ephemera - and providing a space in London for feminists and community groups to meet, organise, learn, create, or just have fun. We are a vitally important community space. People chilling in the library at our Summer Benefit 2016

The Library was founded in 1975 by a small group of passionate volunteers, at the height of the Women’s Liberation Movement, to collect and preserve what has become one of the most important collections of feminist material in the UK.

The Library is a small charity, open five days a week. We welcome visitors of any gender, and are committed to a community policy that is intersectional, non-sectarian and trans inclusive. 

In common with most underfunded feminist enterprises, the Library has faced a variety of crises and uncertainties over the years, and has not been able to afford paid workers for most of its life. However, a small group of dedicated volunteers has kept it going.

Summer Benefit 2016 party at the Feminist Library

The Feminist Library has been sustained for 43 years by the goodwill, passion and commitment of many individual supporters. Innumerable lives touched, enriched, forever changed. Please help us to continue and get the home we rightly deserve. Donate to our Crowdfunder now!

Other ways that you can get involved

We're always on a lookout for new volunteers, especially now, with the upcoming busy time of the move. Get in touch with our volunteers coordinator, Katie, if you'd like to help: volunteer@feministlibrary.co.uk. 

Do you have a gift for fundraising? Would you like to help the Feminist Library reach its total goal of £65,000 for the move to build its dream home? Get in touch magda@feministlibrary.co.uk. Not into fundraising but keen to help the Library even further? Sign up to be our Friend by giving a regular monthly donation to help make the Library reach its 100% sustainable income goal this year. 

The Feminist Library will be building its local community out reach and events programme. Want to be part of our exciting and growing events team? Get in touch with our events team coordinators, Chiara & Mariana, event@feministlibrary.co.uk. 

Are you a local community group looking for a space for meetings or events? We want to hear from you! Contact admin@feministlibrary.co.uk. 

Rewards

Zine Bundle of Feminist Library zines produced at different times in our herstory - including 'Feminist Space is...', 'Women of Westminster' and 'Astra' zinesZine Bundle of Feminist Library zines produced at different times in our herstory 

Move Tote Bag designed by Eva Megias

'I am a feminist because...' card and tote combo

Photographic print by Astra Blaug (Please note from 2 Dec onwards we cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas for this reward) 


Image of one of the first tote bags hand drawn by Lucie Russell of Drawing People Together. Image of cover of 'Feminism is for Everybody' by bell hooksFirst one of the hand-drawn totes by Lucie Russell of Drawing People Together - this artwork is also available as a limited edition print.

'Path of Rebellion' print by Helen Atkinson'Path of Rebellion' print by Helen Atkinson of York Printmakers

Photographic print by Megan Jordan

Photographic print by Megan JordanPhotographic prints by Megan Jordan 

'Ain't I a Woman' print by artist Shannon Bono'Ain't I a Woman' print by artist Shannon Bono

Painting on canvas by Daiane Medeiros

Painting on canvas by Daiane MedeirosPaintings on canvas by Daiane Medeiros 

3 framed paintings by artist Syeda Alishba Amin-ud-Din. Alishba is a young Pakistani artist spreading awareness about the rights of girls with unique abilities in Pakistan. 


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

A thank-you email and project updates

A thank-you email and updates from the Feminist Library team and our eternal gratitude. You will get an initial thank-you email from our team, and then regular updates from the team on the progress of the project, including updated designs and drawings of the new space, as well as other exciting news. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£20 or more

A thank-you Shero e-card and project updates

Personalised Shero thank-you e-card and updates from the Feminist Library team and our eternal gratitude. You will get a special 'Shero' e-card thank-you, and then regular updates from the team on the progress of the project, including updated designs and drawings of the new space, as well as other exciting news. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£25 or more

20 of 50 claimed

'I am a feminist because...' card & tote combo

Feminist Library 'I am a feminist because...' card & tote bag, and our eternal gratitude. You will get the tote and card combo, and then regular updates from the team on the progress of the project. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£25 or more

100 of 100 claimed

Special edition 'move' tote bag & a 'Shero' card

Feminist Library special edition move tote bag, a thank-you 'Shero' card from the team and our eternal gratitude. You will get a special tote and 'Shero' card, and then regular updates from the team on the progress of the project. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£30 or more

50 of 50 claimed

Tickets to the Grand Opening of the new Library

A couple of tickets for you and a friend to the Grand Opening party* of the new Feminist Library space, a thank-you Shero card from the Feminist Library team and our eternal gratitude. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous). *Grand Opening party - Summer 2019 - date tbc.

£40 or more

45 of 100 claimed

Special edition tote bag and zine bundle

Feminist Library tote bag and zine bundle - a selection of 3 different zines produced by the Feminist Library along with a thank you card in one of our stylish special move edition tote bags, and our eternal gratitude. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£50 or more

49 of 50 claimed

VIP tickets to the Grand Opening party

A couple of tickets for you and a friend to the Grand Opening party* at the new Feminist Library space, along with a couple of complimentary glasses of prosecco and thank-you Shero card from the Feminist Library team, and our eternal gratitude. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous). *Grand Opening party - Summer 2019 - date tbc.

£60 or more

7 of 15 claimed

Special edition print by Lucie Russell

Special edition artwork by Lucie Russell, along with a thank you & updates. A print of a special edition artwork created by Lucie Russell to celebrate this new chapter in the Feminist Library's herstory, Risograph printed by Hato Press on FSC certified Munken Lynx 170gsm paper in a ltd edition of 25, signed by Lucie. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous)

£80 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Afternoon tea at the Library with cake & champagne

Invitation for you and a friend to an afternoon tea at the Library with cakes, champagne and a chance to have a tour with one of our trustees and see plans for our new home, along with a thank you and project updates. The tea & tour will take place on 19th Jan 2019. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Hand drawn tote bag by artist Lucie Russell

Unique, hand drawn artwork tote bag by Lucie Russell, along with a thank you and project updates. This exclusive artwork by Lucie Russell is created to celebrate this new chapter in the Feminist Library's herstory; each artwork design is unique and signed by the artist. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£120 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Framed special edition print by Lucie Russell

Framed limited edition print by Lucie Russell. Print of an special edition artwork created by L. Russell to celebrate a new chapter in Feminist Library's herstory, Riso printed by Hato Press on FSC certified Munken Lynx 170gsm paper in a ltd edition of 25, signed by the artist. Framed in a gallery grade 45mm deep tulip wood box frame. Print size: A4. Donors' names will also be incl. in a special edition zine (if you prefer not to be, let us know)

£150 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Framed limited edition print by Astra Blaug

Framed limited edition photographic print by Astra Blaug. Photographic print by the iconic feminist activist, poet and artist Astra (1927-2015). C-type print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, reproduced from the Feminist Library Collection at Bishopsgate Institute in a limited edition of 10. Framed in a gallery grade 45 mm deep tulip wood box frame, glazed in UV filtered acrylic for mail-order and 2mm float glass for collection. Print size 5" x 7"

£200 or more

4 of 4 claimed

'Path of Rebellion' print & grand opening tickets

Helen Atkinson’s 'Path of Rebellion' print from the recently opened Rebel Daughters’ Revolution exhibition organised by York Printmakers. Linocut, 30 cm x 20 cm, 150 gsm acid-free paper, from a limited edition of 30. And a pair of tickets for you and a friend to the Grand Opening party in the new Feminist Library space.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Print by artist Shannon Bono

Print by artist Shannon Bono. 'Ain't I a Woman' - print by Shannon Bono. A nod to the activist, abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth - the woman whose name our new home honours - this beautiful print was donated by artist Shannon Bono, who also contributed to our Archiving Feminist Experience exhibition in August 2018.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Set of photographic prints by artist Megan Jordan

Set of artist's photographic prints donated to the Feminist Library by artist Megan Jordan, along with a thank you, project updates and our eternal gratitude. Pieces were part of an exhibition organised by the Feminist Library in Aug 2018, Archiving the Feminist Experience. Both on A2 paper. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Full set of signed Sarah Waters novels

Sarah Waters has kindly donated a full set of her novels, signed, to one lucky Feminist Library crowdfunder donor.

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Suffragette bundle

Helen Atkinson’s 'Path of Rebellion' - framed print from the recently opened Rebel Daughters’ Revolution exhibition organised by York Printmakers. Linocut, 30 cm x 20 cm, 150 gsm acid-free paper, from a limited edition of 30. And a signed copy of Katherine Connelly's book 'Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire'.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Set of paintings by artist Daiane Medeiro

Set of 2 paintings on canvas by Daiane Medeiros, donated to the Feminist Library by the artist, following an exhibition, Archiving the Feminist Experience, organised by the Library in August 2018. Along with a thank you, project updates and our eternal gratitude. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Paintings by artist Syeda Alishba Amin-ud Din

Set of 3 framed paintings by artist Syeda Alishba Amin-ud-Din, donated to the Feminist Library following an exhibition, Archiving the Feminist Experience, organised by the Library in August 2018. Along with a thank you, project updates and our eternal gratitude. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous).

£500 or more

8 of 150 claimed

Your name on a shelf in the new Library space

Your name on a shelf in our new fabulous space! You can have your name engraved on one of the shelves in our new space in Peckham in a special dedication to those who made a major contribution to making the space happen. You can choose your own shelf! Along with a thank you, project updates and our eternal gratitude. All donors' names will also be included in a special edition move zine (please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous)

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Your name in the next Ali Smith book

Our matron, Ali Smith, has offered, as part of our crowdfunder rewards scheme, to name a character in her next book after one of our donors!

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Our crowd has raised over £55 million for bright ideas and good causes.