“Occupy” Movements Raise Libraries Across the Country

Despite the growing influence of the Kindle, iPad, Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader, books aren’t dead yet. And they’re gaining ground in Boston and other cities as the Occupy movements raise low-tech tent libraries in the midst of their protests.

The Occupy Boston tent library has no due dates or fees, a simple check-out system, and nearly 500 donated books organized by category. It has also developed “an expanding archive of Occupy Boston’s meeting notes and proposals, and a nascent program of speakers and writing workshops” (New York Times).

Some of the most popular books include Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and the works of Noam Chomsky.

Librarians and booksellers who support the movement are the primary organizers of the library. John Ford, an alternative bookstore owner, said of the library’s goals: “I hope, at the very least, it just makes people more inclined to be thoughtful about what they’re doing here.”

Boston protesters use the library for research and inspiration as they stand by their convictions and brave the elements in the tent shelters. One woman described the process of reading as “a moment to yourself, a moment of clarity.”

Read more about the Occupy movement across the U.S. and throughout the world here.

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William C
William Cabout a year ago


William C
William Cabout a year ago


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Paulett Simunich
Paulett Simunich6 years ago

Read with interest these articles......no mention was made of the unsanitary conditions etc .
The libraries were an outgrowth of the protest.......Happy to know books were used for further understanding of the problems and hopefully clarification and offering acceptable solutions.

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M7 years ago


Ameer T.
Ameer T7 years ago

Re read the American constitution. GO back to the roots of why America was created in the first place and with what values? What was the vision of the founding fathers of America So that now that dream can be reclaimed from the capitalistic sharks that high jacked America and its very foundational philosophy.

Joe Shults
Joe Shults7 years ago

Thanks. Nice to see that books are still in use.

Austin R.
Austin Rotter7 years ago

Nice. Good to see books are still relevant

Horsehockey Horace
Past Member 7 years ago

The world's smallest library is " The "w" Presidential Library " Dedicated to the kid that got left behind. (one book)

Gloria H.
Gloria H7 years ago

Interesting ways people are finding to communicate- I love the mike check idea. Been watching Oakland live stream. No wonder the powers that be, and the powers that "be holding" to the powers that be (police) are baffled by us little 99 per cent ants. We are small, but we are many, and we aim to go right for the picknic basket! They can pepperspray, corral and swat us, but we will keep on marching!