The Feminist Library is only £5,000 short of its crowdfunding target for its move to Peckham with just days left to go.
Running since 1975, the volunteer-run library boasts a huge collection of literature from the women’s liberation movement and offers support to research, activist and community projects.
Due to redevelopment, the archive is being moved from its Westminster home of 30 years to the Sojourner Truth Centre in south London. Volunteers launched an online fundraising drive to pay for the move last October which quickly surged past the initial £30,000 target.
That target has now been extended to £48,000, which would allow a thorough fit-out of the new space. By this afternoon (26th March), it had amassed nearly £43,000 with only five days left to go.
Fundraising coordinator Magda Oldziejewska said an “incredible influx” of volunteers since the start of the year had got things ready for the big move.
One of the team, Lucy Sanderson, is also making a film about the relocation, working with artist Lilian Nejatpour, producer Tracy Bass and Elly Jackson of La Roux fame.
A further £20,000 has been pledged offline to the project’s overall £65,000 cost.
The Feminist Library collective said: “Thanks to the amazing support of nearly 1,000 donors, we have smashed our initial target of £30,000, which enabled us to cover the basic costs of our move to the Sojourner Truth Centre, Peckham. Once again the Feminist Library was saved by the hard work of its volunteers and the support of the community.
“Now we only have a few days left to reach the total move budget target goal and we are asking for the community's support one more time. Achieving this goal would enable us to relax with the knowledge that the full costs are taken care of, and the Feminist Library is secure.”