The People's Library of Occupy Vancouver

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This weekend’s events

We have a full calendar for this weekend!


1pm – The People’s Library Occupies UBC Sprouts for Community Eats! (Bring your own bowl!)


4pm – Leonard Peltier Solidarity Rally outside the US Consulate


1130 am – TPL’s regular meeting. We’re going to be talking about you. Don’t you want to know what we’re saying?

We’ll be at UBC on Feb 1st to demand affordable education! Join us!

Tuition fees in Canada are rising faster than the cost of transportation, food or rent. Come join The People’s Library in sending a message that education is a right, not a luxury. We’ll be holding space at the SUB, starting at 1pm. Please join us.

The Sign Tour reaches the South-West

As you may have heard, our sandwich board is on a tour of the West Coast. We’re very excited to see that its having such a good time, spreading the love and the knowledge. Enjoy the pictures, and check out more on our wiki/website!

We now have THREE donation and book return locations!

We know a lot of you have been eager to return books and drop off donations for the People’s Library, and now you can!

Three of our dearest local bookstores have kindly offered to share their space with us. Just look for our drop-off bins located in the store, and look for us at the next Occupy Vancouver event!

Spartacus Books


People’s Co-op


Little Sister’s Bookstore!
Thanks for reading!

Protesters Plan to Occupy Little Mountain Housing Project

Little Mountain was one of the most successful public housing projects ever built. Known for its safety, the design of Little Mountain allowed neighbors to keep an eye on each other, while common areas created a space where neighbors could meet and share the burden of childcare.

Truly, it was a model of successful planning. It was one that many in the planning field believed should have been replicated around the world, if the Province hadn’t sold the land to a developer.

It was mostly demolished in 2009. Since this much-loved social housing project was destroyed, the developer has built nothing to replace it. The residents, including many elderly, have all been relocated. Demonstrators will be occupying the grounds today, risking arrest.

Literature on Little Mountain will be available in our library as soon as we re-launch.

The People’s Library is Safe! Occupy Vancouver moves 200 metres to Provincial Courthouse!

In an audacious new development, Occupy Vancouver has relocated to a new home to comply with the Court’s injunction! I’m happy to report that this scare has made our contingencies more robust than ever. Should we be forced to move again, we will likely be ready to resume service immediately from a temporary location.

Based on their first General Assembly at the new location, it seems the new location will give us a chance to deal with such issues as:

  • People smoking on site
  • Poor acoustics
  • Wind chill
  • Not being visible enough to the powers that be
  • Being a protest during a municipal election
  • Mud puddles

We are now located 200 metres to the West. The Library will resume operations very shortly. We apologise for the brief interruption of our services.

The People’s Library Stands its Ground Against Eviction

After a difficult working group meeting, The Librarians decided that we will NOT be removing the entire library from the Vancouver Art Gallery Site. Well into the night, the last remaining tent and bookshelves were abuzz with protesters, spectators and tent city residents. Some were checking out books for the long, sleepless night ahead, while others were discussing the legal challenges or ethical foundations of remaining to defend the space.

Their Library was there for them.

Over the past four weeks, we’ve provided a needed social space and political resource. It’s a shame the judge or Crown legal team will never get to see it. They have, however instructed law enforcement to remove it. When faced with the question of what we should do with the books, my first reaction was to save them at all costs. But I have been inspired by the courage of fellow Occupy protesters, and outraged by the threat of State violence against our books.

It would be as to abandon our founding principles to remove all of the books. It would be to deprive the movement of its very soul if we would withdraw our support. We, the Librarians, have made the difficult decision of placing books in harm’s way. Yet, for the same reasons that the protesters:

If the police want to use violence to physically remove just and peaceful protesters from the site, they will have to use violence on our books as well.

Looking to those with a history of dealing with The Crown, I turn to the words of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson:

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”

Should we did save all the books, what good are they to read if we sit in chains? As much as we, The Librarians of Occupy Vancouver have come to educate our fellow revolutionaries–as much as we love and wish to protect our collection of books–we will not be intimidated by the threat of State violence against our just and non-violent cause. Please pray for us.

Injuction against Vancouver Art Gallery

The People’s Library of Occupy Vancouver has removed the majority of our collection in fear of an eviction which may cause damage to our books, as has been the case in Wall Street’s Liberty Square.

We have done this to allow the People’s Library to continue to operate with as little interruption as possible. Please contact us at if you’d like to volunteer.

Thank you all for your hard work, or just for being a part of the space. Know that we do not see this as a setback, but as an opportunity.

Submissions wanted! NEW Journal of the OV People’s Library

We’re looking for regular people, protesters, people outside the movement, academics, poets, artists and anyone else looking to share their stories, feelings or thoughts in a creative form.

We’re looking for original:

  • Works of writing (please keep in mind that shorter works are easier to say yes to!)
  • Cartoons
  • Poems (and Pomes)
  • Drawings
  • Mementos of the awakening around us.
  • Anything that would look good in black and white on newsprint!

Please include:

  • Your name, nom d’guerre, pseudonym or secret agent handle;
  • yada-yada
  • anything else you’d like to attribute to the work
  • nice handwriting is appreciated, and please use pen for this.

To submit:

Submissions are accepted at The Library’s book return bin. Please leave your submission in a sealed envelope with the words “original material for library publication – hold in returns for editor” clearly marked on it. Not all librarians will be aware of this.

UPDATE: While we prefer in-person submissions, If you’d like to submit electronically, please send your submissions to

We’ll put your work out to the public for feedback on what we should publish. Please note that all submissions will become a part of the library.