An infoshop is a place where alternative, subcultural or radical literature is distributed and sold. Subjects often include, activism, anarchism, animal rights, art, economics, environmentalism, feminism, politics, permaculture, socialism, 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.
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||Anarres Infoshop|
|Bluestockings||New York City|
|Boxcar Books||Bloomington, Indiana|
|Camas Infoshop||Victoria, BC|
|Civic Media Center||Gainesville, Florida|
|Coffee Strong||Lakewood, WA|
|Documentations, Informations, Références et Archives (DIRA)||Montreal, Quebec|
|Firestorm Cafe & Books||Asheville, North Carolina|
|Flyover Infoshop||Carbondale, Illinois||Flyover Infoshop|
|Insoumise bookstore||Montreal, Quebec|
|Internationalist Books||Chapel Hill, North Carolina|
|Long Haul Infoshop||Berkeley, California|
|Lucy Parsons Center||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Taala Hooghan Infoshop||Flagstaff, Arizona||Taala Hooghan Infoshop|
|The Blood-Orange InfoShop||Riverside, California||The Blood-Orange InfoShop|
|The Madison InfoShop||Madison, Wisconsin||The Madison InfoShop|
|The Old Market Autonomous Zone||Winnipeg, Canada|
|Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Spartacus Books||Vancouver, BC|
|Wooden Shoe Books||Philadelphia|
- Black Rose, Sydney Australia
- Copy & Destroy Zine Library, Brisbane, Australia
- Freedom Shop, Wellington New Zealand
- Jura Books, Sydney Australia
- The Melbourne Anarchist Club, Infoshop, Library & Social Space, Melbourne, Australia
- WORM, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Ivar Matlaus Bokkafé, Trondheim, Norway
- Turku Book Café, Turku, Finland
- U Bodzia, Warsaw, Poland
- Atton, Chris (1999). The infoshop: the alternative information centre of the 1990s. Emerald Insight. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
- "WE HAVE A BIG ZINE LIBRARY!". 56a.org. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
- Street Libraries: Infoshops and Alternative Reading Rooms
- Maximumrocknroll article on infoshops
- The Infoshop Network
- "Directory of Infoshops". Spunk Library.
- "Infoshops (North America)". Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness.
- "Listing infoshops by region (North America)". infoshopnetwork.org.
- "Radical Contact List (including infoshops)". Slingshot!.
- 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.