An infoshop is a place where alternative, subcultural or radical literature is distributed.[1] Subjects often include activism, anarchism, libertarianism, animal rights, art, economics, environmentalism, feminism, politics, permaculture, socialism, communism, organized labor, vegetarianism and veganism. Additionally, infoshops often serve as a meeting space and resource hub for local groups and activists.

Infoshops can be free standing or take the form of a store front or a few rooms that act as distribution, reading, library and meeting space. Alternatively, they may be part of a larger social center that provides other functions.[1]


Often infoshops have a library of alternative, subcultural or radical literature. Infoshops also include a zine library, helping to preserve zine culture.[2]


According to an Utne Reader article, author Chris Atton describes British infoshops as having grown "out of the squatted anarchist centres of the 1980s, such as the 121 Centre in Brixton, London."[3] Another big influence was the regular European-wide International Infoshop Meetings of the 1990s.

Writing in Maximum RocknRoll, anarchist librarian Chuck Munson places North American infoshops in the lineage of Vietnam War era peace and justice centers.[4]

A panoramic view of the interior of the Lucy Parsons Center in Boston, United States.

See also


  1. ^ a b Atton, Chris (1999). The infoshop: the alternative information centre of the 1990s. Emerald Insight. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "WE HAVE A BIG ZINE LIBRARY!". 56a.org. Archived from the original on June 27, 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Street Libraries: Infoshops and Alternative Reading Rooms
  4. ^ Maximumrocknroll article on infoshops

External links

Infoshop Directories