Libraries Amid Protest: Books, Organizing, and Global Activism

Sherrin Frances (Author)
Pre-Order   Ships Jul 30, 2020


In September 2011, Occupy Wall Street activists took over New York's Zuccotti Park. Within a matter of weeks, the encampment had become a tiny model of a robust city, with its own kitchen, first aid station, childcare services--and a library of several thousand physical books. Since that time, social movements around the world, from Nuit Debout in Paris to Gezi Park in Istanbul, have built temporary libraries alongside their protests. While these libraries typically last only a few weeks at a time and all have ultimately been dismantled or destroyed, each has managed to collect, catalog, and circulate books, serving a need not being met elsewhere. Libraries amid Protest unpacks how these protest libraries--labor-intensive, temporary installations in parks and city squares, poorly protected from the weather, at odds with security forces--continue to arise. In telling the stories of these surprising and inspiring spaces through interviews and other research, Sherrin Frances confronts the complex history of American public libraries. She argues that protest libraries function as the spaces of opportunity and resistance promised, but not delivered, by American public libraries.

Product Details

University of Massachusetts Press
Publish Date
July 30, 2020

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

SHERRIN FRANCES is associate professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University.