Zines from our collection

Many people don’t realise that the SRL has a large collection of zines in its collection. From amateur one off’s to more sophisticated, but still radical, serials they are a fascinating and exciting collection to have. They cover punk, feminism, music, politics, work and everything else under the sun.

As part of our digitisation process, we’re slowly putting them online. We’re hoping those interested in zines, fanzines and the like will be able to enjoy what we have available. Although our zines can’t be borrowed, if you come to ACE where the SRL and Autonomous Archive are based, you can browse, read and photocopy any that pique your interest.

There’s a fascinating collection of ‘zine libraries’ online – all over the world in fact. Hopefully, by cataloguing our zines we can join that network and bring to light the unique ones we have here at ACE.

So far we’ve managed to scan the covers of six zines and a sample page from inside each. More will be added as time goes on so please check our our gallery page regularly. Click on the image to take you there. Enjoy!


Reading Subversive Tintin

Thanks to a recent donation of books and magazines, from Bob & Lou, our library has expanded once again. It’s a great mix from classics to new publications and from Emma Goldman to Pussy Riot taking in the Spanish revolution and the subversive adventures of Tintin along the way!

The group sorted through them all during our monthly meeting where we discussed the possibility of creating a temporary exhibition based around a selection of books, posters and documents from our archives. It can be hard to wade through the full wealth of our library, so it seems a good idea to break it down. Hopefully it’ll get people interested in a topic or book they’d never thought of before.

There’s an ACE open day coming up soon on the 10 September, which would give the SRL the perfect opportunity to promote our books in a fun and exciting way. If anyone has any interesting ideas then get in touch. Alternatively, come along on the day and check out the library, the space and the other groups that are based here.


New Donation from AK Press

SRL is delighted to announce a fresh batch of donations to our growing library. Last Thursday at our monthly open meeting we got a large donation from AK Press – one of the publishers here in Edinburgh we’re proud to support and recommend.

As you can see from the above photo, there’s a broad mix of subjects from the Anarchism of Jean Grave to the poverty and urbanisation witnessed in the London of the nineties.

If you’d like to borrow any of these books they’re available now and should be in our online catalogue very soon. Again we’d just like to say thank you to AK Press for their donation, thank you to all who have donated anything over the years and a big thank you to all the volunteers helping with the library and keeping our resources open to the public.

New Titles:

Obsolete Communism The Left Wing Alternative – Daniel & Gabriel Cohn-Bendit

Killing Hope US Military & CIA Interventions Since WWII – William Blum

Dreams of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Magon Reader

We are an image from the future: The Greek Revolt of December 2008

Sexual Fascism – Garry Otton

The People as Enemy: The Leaders’ Hidden Agenda in WWII – John Spritzler

Decentralizing Power: Paul Goodman’s Social Criticism – Taylor Stroehr

Bridge of Courage – Jennifer Harbury

Faith in Faithlessness: An Anthology of Atheism – Dimitrios Roussopoulos

Legacy to Liberation; Politics & Culture of Revolutionary Asian-pacific America – Fred Ho et al (Editor)

The Anarchist Papers – Dimitrios Roussopoulos (Editor)

Economy & Society – Fikret Adaman & Pat Devine

Since Predator Came: Notes from the Struggle for American Indian LIberation – Ward Churchill

Housing Benefit Hill & Other Places –  C.J. Stone

Life During Wartime Resisting Counterinsurgency – Kristian Williams & Lara Messersmith-Glavin

The Anarchism of Jean Grave – Louis Potsouras

Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel – Nunzio Pernicone

The Rigged Game – John Hively

The Triumph of Ignorance and Bliss: Pathologies of Public America – James Polk

One God: The Political & Moral Philosophy of Western Civilisation – Ernesto Lorca

Radical Posters from the Archive

ACE, the centre where the Scottish Radical Library is based, has amassed an extraordinary collection of material over the decades. One particularly exciting group of documents are our “Protest Posters”, many from all over the world. There’s something exciting and immediate about a good poster. It hits you right between the eyes and provokes a reaction – either attraction or repulsion.

Thanks to some pretty dedicated volunteers, we’ve now begun to digitise our poster collection bit by bit, alongside the SRL digital project to get our books, pamphlets, magazines and journals online in a searchable catalogue. The hope is anyone interested can browse the posters either for their own interest or to help researchers in whatever project they’re working on.

The first batch posted represent a selection of Anarchist, Anti-militarist and Environmental groups covering the 1970s up to the 2000s. Check our new ‘Gallery’ page for current images and updates.