reading room is part of:
network of info points (L'mit)
(Info center ŠKUC, Središče
za mlade, MIC Mirje, Info
of autonomous libraries
Knjižnica Zavoda za
sodobno umetnost in Knjižnica
Elf's reading room is a proxy for:
si - 1000 ljubljana
tel. +386 .1.434.03.45
Welcome to the Elf's reading room online!
only contains a basic description of the Elf's reading room. For up-to-date
news, announcements, etc., see our main page
(in slovenian). For additional info contact
is Elf’s reading room?
Elf’s reading room is a resource centre for people interested in radical
social change. It’s a place where people can get in touch with the abundance
of radical, revolutionary, anti-authoritarian and libertarian thought
and practice in the form of books, comics, fanzines and magazines, video
and audio materials. We also organize regular video showings, lectures,
debates, presentations and other events. At Elf’s reading room people
can meet and discuss, read books or take them home. It is our intention
to support direct action initiatives, study groups or individuals, and
movements working towards an anti-authoritarian, non-dominating, ecological
society, based on mutual aid and solidarity.
How does it function?
Elf’s reading room is a volunteer-run, non-profit project, initiated in
1998. The individuals are free to choose their roles in the whole project.
With the help of many generous individuals, groups, distribution/mail
order services and publishers we have managed to secure many magazines,
journals, pamphlets, and books on radical social theory and critique,
liberation movements (e.g. those concerned with class, gender, race and
nature) and constructive attempts at remaking our selves and our society.
All material can be borrowed free of charge.
There is also internet access, also free of charge, but we accept donations.
Elf’s reading room is a project of Anarchives, a voluntary association.
you can help?
We appreciate your help: if you can afford to send us material (publications
of any kind, audio, video, etc.), put us on your mailing list, give us
a subscription, or even donate money, please do! We are eternally grateful
to anybody who has done so so far and will be to anybody who will do
it in the future.
is Elf’s reading room and when is it open?
Elf’s reading room is situated behind Pešaki (Infantry) building in Metelkova,
a social and cultural centre in Ljubljana/Slovenia. At the moment we are inhabiting a former mobile library bus.
It is open regularly
four times a week (Tue to Fri 2pm-6pm).
Elf’s reading room is part of the Infoshops Network. 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 - as well as often providing a venue
for local community groups to hold their own meetings and events.