A books archive – how to get involved

If you’re interested in the idea of a queer and LGBT+ books archive, there are several ways you can get involved and become part of this innovative and exciting project.

Donating books

We all have a collection of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans or queer reading – probably one reason you’re reading this. And most of us would hate to part with them. But some of you will being looking for a way find a good home for your collection. Or you just want to down-size.

We’re here to accept your books, however big or small your collection. And give them a good home. So do get in touch. We already have space kindly donated by Lighthouse Bookshop and are slowly adding books to the archive there.

Leave your books to us in your will

Another way to contribute your collection is to leave your collection to us in your will. As a community interest company, we’d be delighted to give you more details about how that can be done. So do get in touch.

Create your own digital archive using the Libib app

There are several apps which help you create a digital record of your book collection. And we have already started our own based on book donations and titles found in charity and second-hand bookshops as well as individuals and organisations. We are using an app called Libib and we are encouraging you to use this app too. Please have a look at the Libib page for more details.

Contributing your skills

We’re looking for people who are happy to volunteer (at this stage) their interest and skills in developing the archive. If you love books and especially queer books, and are intrigued by the idea of a queer and LGBT+ books archive, do get in touch. You can help out with the physical archive if you like working with books, or get involved with building the archive database, or even both. We’d love to hear from you.