Welcome to the Kate Sharpley Library

The Kate Sharpley Library exists to preserve and promote anarchist history. (More information.)

Everything at the Kate Sharpley Library - acquisitions, cataloguing, preservation work, publishing, answering enquiries is done by volunteers: we get no money from governments or the business community. All our running costs are met by donations from members of the collective, subscribers and supporters, or by the small income we make through publishing. Please consider donating and subscribing.

We also try to promote the history of anarchism by publishing studies based on those materials - or reprints of original documents taken from our collection. Check out our books and pamphlets available for sale or explore our online documents or browse back issues of our Bulletin.

Our physical library (in California) includes books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts and ephemera documenting the history of anarchist movements. Contact us to arrange a visit.

Recent news

London Anarchist Bookfair 2017

The 2017 London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 7pm.
Venue: Park View School, West Green Road, N15 3QR
Rail/Tube: Seven Sisters (National Rail or Victoria Line) / Turnpike Lane (Picadilly Line)
Buses: 41:, 67, 230, 341 (get off at stop near junction of Black Boy Lane and West Green Road).
Access: Full disabled access
Children: Free child care is provided from 10am to 6pm for kids from 2 to 12.

Details of meetings etc at: http://www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk/

This is also your chance to pick up our new pamphlet
The Anarchists in Paris, May-June 1968 by Le Flutiste
An anarchist eyewitness to the revolt of May-June 1968, Le Flûtiste ("the flute player") looks back on the highs and lows of Paris' student-worker rebellion. Topics covered include, student life before the revolt, the barricades of the Latin Quarter, the student and worker occupations and strikes and the part played by the anarchists in the upheaval.
More details at https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/rxwfqq

October 2017 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 91-92, October 2017 has just been posted on our site. The PDF is up at: https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/4xgzhw

An obscure heroine by Ida Pilat Isca https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/gf1wxq
Everlasting Murder by Max Baginski https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/mcvg3d
Rejecting the Legend by Louis Mercier Vega https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/573p98
Why I am an anarchist by Nikolai Ivanovich Pavlov https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/k6dkzd
Kropotkin Goes Missing https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/280hck
Postbag / Library News https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/8sf8vm
Crass and Class War in the Thatcher years, by an ex-member of Bristol Class War https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/n2z4nh
[Stop the city] https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/41nt45
Stonehenge ’85 https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/m37r94
Leah Feldman Interview (Leah Feldman, Leo Rosser and Philip Ruff) https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/kd52tb
[Debating the Miners’ Strike 1] The Miners and the Left https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/c2fs2c
[Debating the Miners’ Strike 2] Letter: [The Miners and the Left] https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/31zdsp
[Debating the Miners’ Strike 3] Letter: The Miners’ Strike and the Anarchists https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/k3jc14
[Debating the Miners’ Strike 4] [Letter: Anarchists and the Miners’ strike] https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/2548f5
[Debating the Miners’ Strike 5] The Miners & Social Change by Albert Meltzer https://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/j3tzqq

May 2017 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 90, May 2017 has just been posted on our site. The PDF is up at: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/1jwtwm

Listen Punks! by Henry Black http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/fttg92
Thoughts on Anarchism in ‘the Thatcher years’ http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/xsj5ks
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman, annotated and introduced by Jessica Moran and Barry Pateman [Book review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/jq2d87
Two interesting donations http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/dv4314
Left of the Left: my memories of Sam Dolgoff [Book review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/djhc6m
Time Capsule a Reminder of Anarchist Struggles [Lausanne] by Cécile Collet http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/v6wzcq
4th Historical Memory Cycle Ride: Pistolerismo in Zaragoza, 1920-1923 by Kike Garcia http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/31zdrh

January 2017 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 89, January 2017 has just been posted on our site. The PDF is up at: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/2v6z08

Alexander Berkman’s Prison Memoirs annotated: an interview with Jessica Moran and Barry Pateman http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/ns1t5h
Friends and Neighbours: The Labadie Collection, Federico Arcos and Miguel Garcia http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/12jn6g
Friends and Neighbours: Freedom Press http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/h18bhc
Library News (January 2017) http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/02v7w5
The Albert Memorial: The Anarchist Life and Times of Albert Meltzer (2016 edition) [Book review] by Richard Warren http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/5tb3vk
Homuncula by John Henri Nolette [Book review] by Barry Pateman http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/nzs906
Making Sense of Anarchism: Errico Malatesta’s experiments with revolution 1889-1900 by Davide Turcato [Book review] http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/g4f64m

October 2016 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 88, October 2016 has just been posted on our site. The PDF is up at: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/47d8zs

Bob McGlynn: New York Anarchist. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/m90767
Greetings compañero for you are going by Bernabé García Polanco. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/pc87r1
The dossier of subject no.1218 : a Bulgarian anarchist’s story by Alexander Nakov [Review]. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/pk0qmv
Graphic dreams of Utopia [Book review of The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia] by Richard Warren. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/b8gvrk
Ruth Kinna “Kropotkin: Reviewing The Classical Anarchist Tradition” [Book review] by Barry Pateman. http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/zkh318
Library (book) news (October 2016). http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/fj6rgm