An infoshop is a storefront or social center that serves as a node for the distribution of political, subcultural and arts information, typically in the form of books, zines, stickers and posters. Infoshops often serve as a meeting space and resource hub for local activist groups. Many infoshops also serve as zine libraries, helping to preserve zine culture.
Infoshops are particularly prevalent in Western Europe and North America, but can be found around the world. 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." Another big influence was the regular European-wide International Infoshop Meetings of the 1990s.
List of infoshops
- ABC No Rio, New York City
- Anarres Infoshop, Portland
- Black Rose, Sydney Australia
- Bluestockings, New York City
- bolo'bolo, Cape Town, South Africa
- Boxcar Books, Bloomington, Indiana
- Camas Infoshop, Victoria, BC
- Civic Media Center, Gainesville, Florida
- Coffee Strong, Lakewood, WA
- Copy & Destroy Zine Library, Brisbane, Australia
- Documentations, Informations, Références et Archives (DIRA), Montreal, Quebec
- Firestorm Cafe & Books, Asheville, North Carolina
- Freedom Shop, Wellington New Zealand
- Holdout, Oakland, California
- Insoumise bookstore, Montreal, Quebec
- Internationalist Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Ivar Matlaus Bokkafé, Trondheim, Norway
- Jura Books, Sydney Australia
- Long Haul Infoshop, Berkeley, California
- Lucy Parsons Center, Boston, Massachusetts
- Taala Hooghan Infoshop, Flagstaff, Arizona
- The Blood-Orange InfoShop, Riverside, California
- The Madison InfoShop, Madison, Wisconsin
- The Melbourne Anarchist Club, Infoshop, Library & Social Space, Melbourne, Australia
- The Old Market Autonomous Zone, Winnipeg, Canada
- Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, Baltimore, Maryland
- Salon Mazal, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Spartacus Books, Vancouver, BC
- Turku Book Café, Turku, Finland
- U Bodzia, Warsaw, Poland
- Wooden Shoe Books, Philadelphia
- WORM, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Radical Contact List - Radical contact list (including many infoshops) maintained by Slingshot newspaper
- Infoshops Directory - Directory of infoshops maintained by the anarchist publisher Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness.
- Living Room Documentary - A documentary film about infoshop culture.
- Zine: The A-Zone & A Decade Of Anarchy In Chicago - A zine about the Autonomous Zone in Chicago, IL, one of many infoshops that started in the United States in the 1990s.