The Appalachian Liberation Library is a community lending library located at the shared workspace of the Northeast TN People’s Movement and the Workers Alliance of Northeast Tennessee. Our collection covers:
The Appalachian Liberation Library (ALL) is located at 323 W. Walnut St., Suite 202, in Johnson City. We recommend using the building’s back entrance (with the wooden ramp). Coming in that way, we’re the last door on the left.
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesdays, noon to 2:00 pm
Fridays, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
There’s no membership fee to join the library. We do, however, gratefully accept donations. Financial donations will be put toward rent to keep the library space open. If we take in more than we need for that, we’ll use the funds for library materials.
Book donations that are in good condition and fit our collection policies will be added to our collection. Those that don’t fit our collection policies will be sold to help fund the library. Although we don’t encourage donations of books in poor condition, if we receive them, they’ll be put in a “free to good home” box.
Other items sought: functional electronic readers and audio players (tape, CD, or MP3) so that we can provide access to materials to a wider range of abilities, plus books on tape or CD, DVDs, pamphlets, magazines/journals, newspapers, and zines that fit our collection policies.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” —John Muir
Our collection focuses on struggles for justice and liberation, including economic, social, criminal, political, and environmental justice. Because one group cannot struggle without affecting the whole (nor does the cause of their struggle exist outside of the whole), we seek to pull all these struggles together—workers, women, the poor, immigrants (including the historical struggles of immigrants who would now be considered “white”), Black, Native, queer, etc.—to provide greater context and understanding. Our collection also includes political theory, praxis, Appalachian history and culture, reference, fiction, poetry, and books for children and teens, all with some connection to our main theme: justice and liberation.