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The Infoshops Network has been set up as a resource by - and for - autonomous centres, infoshops, free cafes, reading rooms, etc. These pages are gradually being put together as a start to a central database of information - contacts, news, views, ideas, skills, publications, and other useful resources.
The aim of this site is to provide up-to-date links to people, groups, information and other resources that are of direct relevance to infoshops.
The main purposes of the network are to:
Please help this site to evolve into something interesting and useful. If you have any comments, queries, suggestions, contributions ... whatever, about this site and/or the infoshops network, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to the e-mail list - we'd really appreciate your input.
So What's an Infoshop?Infoshops (autonomous centres, reading rooms, free cafes - call them what you will) are a little piece of anarchy in action. Run by collectives, often from squatted premises, they provide autonomous space for people to meet, chat, and - not surprisingly! - obtain information. Infoshops aim to inform and inspire within their communities. Many infoshops have free cafes (or at least a cheap cup of tea) and reading rooms where people can sit and read from the vast array of printed info on offer - anything from a flier to a comprehensive history of the Spanish Revolution. Most infoshops also hold regular events - lectures, debates, film showings, women-only events, and much more - aswell as often providing a venue for local community groups to hold their own meetings and events.
Chris Dodge's article on infoshops