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The shop was named after the Jura federation, the federation of workers of the Jura region that associated with Bakunin in the First International. It has operated since August 1977, first on King Street, Newtown, before moving to Parramatta Road, Petersham.
Anarchist Resources Incorporated, a non-profit collective, manages the bookshop building, which also includes meeting space and an inherited library collection, The Fanya Baron Library, that was named in honour of Russian anarchist, Fanya Baron.
Australian Ethical Investment uses Jura Books as an example of Socially responsible investing practice, stating that Jura is "a major source in Australia for a wide range of affordable books of community and educational interest including the areas of trade unionism, women's rights, environment, permaculture, indigenous peoples' issues, poetry, arts and non-violent revolution."
Over the many years of operation Jura has built a collection of more than 4,500 Australian and international posters, believed to be one of the biggest and most complete collections of political posters known to exist in Australia. In 2003 a selection of over 100 political posters spanning from the 1960s to the late 1980s were on display at Jura Books.
Jura Books is also used for community meetings and talks. Members of the collective have been involved in organising several successful conferences in Sydney including on Workers Control, 1984 and Social Control, and the 1995 Visions of Freedom conference with guest speaker Noam Chomsky.
- Parissi, Sid (2000), "Jura Books", Anarcho-Syndicalist Review (29)
- Ethical Investment profile of Jura Books, archived from the original on 29 August 2007
- "Old posters stick up for issues of the past". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 July 2003.
- "in brief" (PDF), NSW Government Arts Bulletin, NSW Ministry for the Arts, 70, July 2003, archived from the original (PDF) on 31 August 2007
- "Thousands turn out to hear US dissident". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 January 1995.