the feminist library frauen_bibliothek is an autonomous (= independent, self-organized) feminist library. the legal form is an association.
the space we offer is just as important as the books, it’s there to meet, drink tea, discuss, exchange ideas and network. we* are open for your ideas, actions and propositions for feminist stuff. just come by or drop us a line. :)
we* want the space to be open for as many people as possible who want to deal with feminist and emancipatory topics and with women*lesbitrans*- and queer*- friendly people. (see below for more: (1)space policies)
Unfortunately the library space is not wheelchair accessible (narrow, steep stairs with 7 steps), what we* really hate! please write if you want to come to the library and want help fem_bib(at_ät)immerda(dot_punkt)ch
german is the language of most books. There are some books and more comics and zines (magazines, fan zines) in english and french.
in the frauen_bibliothek there are mainly books by and about women*, lesBians, trans*, many novels, relatively many crime fiction, some fairy tales and poems, then biographies of famous women* and non-fiction books about social issues such as society, work, feminism, sexism, racism, violence, feminist history, language, sex, sex work, art, science, feminist theory, some about gender and queer studies, etc. then some audiobooks, (queer) feminist magazines and movies. in total, some over 2000 media. so it’s small and interesting! mainly we get current books through book donations, since the library is too poor to buy books regularly. several years ago, the jacqueline spengler foundation granted us some money for media purchases, which we used to buy some current media, especially dvds.
feminist library frauen_bibliothek ★ @ sp!t ★ erlenstr. 44 ★ 4057 basel ★
(1)space policies (wlint* space/lgbtiangq+ space/other excluding space policies)
the feminist library space is organized by and mainly for for women*, lesBians, trans*-, gender_queer- and queer people and friends/allies.
we'd like everybody to be aware of this and fully support it. we wish that everybody is/becomes aware of (male*/..) dominance against female* and gender nonconforming/.../in other ways oppressed/ people like body language (not giving enough space to other people or physically driving them away) and conversation behavior as lecturing, drowning out everyone else, knowing everything better without ever asking,...)
we are all socialized in this society, so we all need to unlearn oppressive behaivior. there's no "safe space", no space without oppression. but we can temporarily create exclusive spaces for oppressed positions to exchange and empower each other – this space can be an opportunity for this. if you want to use this space for an emancipatory empowerment group - come by, or get in contact: fem_bib(at_ät)immerda(dot_punkt)ch
more about feminism and related fights against oppression (in english): http://everydayfeminism.com/
there aren't regular opening hours at the moment.
come and help with the library!
- book shop/info shop/library
- feminist library
- feministische bibliothek
- diy – do it together
- gegen spende