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Alternatives Café – Free Coffee, New Materials

[ February 26, 2015; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Alternatives Cafe’ is a weekly pop-up cafe at the Durland Alternatives Library. This event highlights new materials and occasionally features authors or specific topics. Everybody is welcome. Refreshments, Coffee and Tea are provided free of charge.

 Check out the write-up in What’s Good Ithaca!
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Every Thursday, from 2:00 – 4:00pm January -May
at the Durland Alternatives […]

Alternatives Library Hours;

Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free Parking after 5pm & on Weekends
*Open Late on Sundays 7-11pm during Bound for Glory

Library News

seeing the sky

Seeing the Sky : Art Exhibit from Prisoner Express

[ March 11, 2015; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] The Prisoner Express is proud to announce its 7th annual prisoner art exhibition displaying the work of prisoners throughout the United States.


Wednesday, March 11
at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
at the Big Red Barn
Ithaca, NY 14850

The artwork from several projects from the past year will be presented.

Prison is a place of disorientation. In the “Points of a Compass” […]

zine workshop

Self Publishing with Zines!

[ February 26, 2015; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. March 5, 2015; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. March 12, 2015; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] The DIY (Do it Yourself) Center, a new program of Durland Alternatives Library, is hosting a workshop series on self-publishing. The series is called “Self Publishing with Zines”. The classes are being offered by Samuel Schirvar, Isabella Mahadev, and Ryan Clover-Owens.

4:00PM to 6:00PM ; 2/26, 3/5, 3/12

at the DIY (Do It Yourself) Resource Center

115 E. Martin […]

bramble shelves

Bramble – Community Herbalism Library

We are thrilled to announce that Alternatives Library is collaborating with Bramble in managing a community herbalism library in downtown Ithaca. The collection will be open to the public and we invite you to sign-up as a library patron and sign-out materials. Simply stop by Bramble during open hours.
The Alternatives Library is also seeking donations […]

sjp event

Education Under Occupation

[ November 13, 2014; 5:30 pm; ] Education Under Occupation:
A call for Educational Justice in Palestine
featuring first-hand accounts from Palestinian students
Date: Thursday Nov 13th
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: 253 Malott Hall


SJP, together with the Palestinian Right to Education campaign, is organizing a speaker event titled Education under Occupation: A call for Academic Justice for Palestine. The panel will feature firsthand accounts from two Palestinian […]


Since in 1974, the Durland Alternatives Library has been providing materials which are not commonly found through mainstream media channels. With our vast collection of books, zines, documentaries, feature films, music, books on tape/cd, and periodicals, we create a space that nurtures dialogue and promotes a radical, “connect the dots” approach to social change. Learn More About

The Alternatives Library is a project partner of the Center for Transformative Action


Open 7 Days a Week!
Monday - Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm*
Friday 11:00 am - 6:00pm
Weekends (Sat, Sun) 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

PARKING: Free parking after 5pm & all day weekends! Otherwise, metered parking across the street at Williard Straight Hall.

*Open Late on Sundays 7-11pm during Bound for Glory.

Our hours are subject to change during semester breaks.
Feel free to call anytime, 607-255-6486


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You can return your materials after hours in our drop box in Anabel Taylor Hall, Greenstar Co-op, or at any Finger Lakes Library System library.


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