Ornamental onion - Nectaroscordum siculum

40th Anniversary Open House Celebration!

[ July 1, 2015; 4:00 pm; ] Catering by Greenstar Cooperative Market

July 1st, 6pm – 9pm

at the Durland Alternatives Library

127 Anabel Taylor Hall

Cornell University Campus

(free parking available during the event)

Come celebrate the Alternatives Library’s 40th Anniversary! With food, live music, presentations, and activities for kids – there’s no better time to browse our unique collection. This event is free and open to […]

Alternatives Library Summer Hours;

7 Days a Week
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free Parking on Weekends

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

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Library News

CUSLAR books

CUSLAR : New books, upcoming events, and discussion

[ March 19, 2015; 3:00 pm; ] At the next Alternatives Cafe we will be joined by Tim Shenk, the coordinator of CUSLAR, to discuss upcoming events and new books added to their collection at the library. As always, refreshments are provided as part of the Alternatives Cafe!
March 19th – 3:00 – 4:00pm
at the Durland Alternatives Library
127 Anabel Taylor Hall
The Committee on […]


Farming the Woods : Presentation by Steve Gabriel

[ March 26, 2015; 2:00 pm; ] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Book Talk : Steve Gabriel, author of Farming the Woods : An integrated permaculture approach to growing food and medicinals in temperate forests.

Date : Thursdsay, March 26th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location : at the Durland Alternatives Library – 127 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Campus, Ithaca NY

Description: Steve Gabriel, author of Farming the Woods will […]

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 […]


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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