Alternative Library

The QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library and Resource Centre is a free community library that is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and environmental justice.

The Alternative Library and Resource Centre is a unique lending library and popular education space with hundreds of rare, independent, hard-to-find, and sometimes out of print, local & international books, magazines zines, DVDs, and other resources that are free to borrow for any community member and/or Concordia student. 

Most resources are in English, but we also carry some items in French and Spanish. Our resources specialize in social and environmental justice, covering subjects such as anti-racism, anti-colonialism, queer issues, economics and globalization, sexuality and gender, (un)popular history, media, art and culture, prison issues, labor, environmental issues and more.

Our mission is to be an accessible information provider and community resource. We strive to provide access to materials that cannot be easily found in regular libraries, and to hold materials that are representative of the issues, concerns and interests of marginalized communities. Currently, our commitment to accessibility is visible in our free and open membership policy, our easy to use system and our online database. We are continually working to improve the physical accessibility of the space.

We are located at 2100 Guy #205.
We are open Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm – 6pm.

Our Librarian is on-site Tuesday and Wednesdays and can be contacted for questions or comments at