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Iron Rail Book Collective

511 Marigny St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

United States

504-944-0366

Type: Library

Web site: http://www.ironrail.org/

Events: http://www.ironrail.org/blog/ (updated February 2009)

Amenities: wifi, food/drink

Description: The Iron Rail Book Collective is a collectively owned and operated, all-volunteer, non-profit reading room, lending library, bookshop, and community space that covers issues such as politics, race, the environment, feminism, anarchism, socialism, gay and lesbian studies, social theory, and history, fiction, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Founded in December 2003, we are committed to anarchist, anti-authoritarian, feminist, queer-positive, class-conscious, and anti-racist politics, and to providing alternative literature and information to the people of New Orleans. The Iron Rail is organized in a way that puts theory into practice. We believe in a world without domination and oppression and in working to undermine authoritarian structures of power. As an anarchist collective, the Iron Rail has no bosses or managers. Group decisions are made collectively in weekly meetings, and members are encouraged to be creative in initiating individual projects. The bookstore is operated by volunteers who believe in the importance of establishing alternatives to capitalism, while creating new public spaces and supporting community projects

Our lending library is one of the largest collectively-run radical libraries in the country. We were also the first library in the city to re-open after Hurricane Katrina, and for several months we were the only functioning library in New Orleans. We have over 7,000 titles on a wide variety of topics. This collection was assembled over the course of 10 years; much of it was inherited from the Crescent Wrench Infoshop, which operated in New Orleans during the 1990s. We are also home to the Above Ground Zine Library, a collection of thousands of rare and hard-to-find zines and small-press/alternative magazines dating back to the 1960s.

We are also a news-stand, a home for zines and other self-published tracts and manifestos, and a comfortable, welcoming, non-institutional space where we can learn together and talk to each other.

Our library contains over 5,000 titles (see librarything.com/catalog/ironrail), plus and many DVDS/videos available for lending as well.

Our bookshop offers books from presses such as Verso, South End Press, and AK Press, and our record rack stocks CD and Vinyl. We carry new and used reggae, rock steady, avant-garde, political soul and jazz, r&b, international, punk, hard core, and more. And our famous reading room allows for comfortable browsing of our zine and reference collections while sipping on coffee. (Plus we have free wifi and available computers open to the public.)

So come join us, and if you like what you see, please consider a small donation to cover the costs of our free library!

Added by: EricHerboso  Contacted: Not contacted  Venue ID: 29565

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