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Grand Opening Nov. 1st – Community Herbalism Library

[ November 1, 2014; 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] We are thrilled to announce that the Alternatives Library is collaborating with Bramble to establish a community herbalism lending library in downtown Ithaca. This specific collection of books will be unveiled November 1st at Bramble’s grand opening party with music, food, and of course herbal infusions. The collection will be open to the public and [...]

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
Free Parking after 5pm and on Weekends / Metered parking at Willard Straight Hall (across the street)

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

Library News


Celebrate People’s History – Art Show Through November

[ October 3, 2014; 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] “Celebrate People’s History – a visual journey through social movements past and present”

Pictures speak 1,000 words–and the poster series (over 100 posters total!) contain a vast history of social movements, people’s empowerment, and resistance. The posters are published by the Just Seeds Artist Cooperative, an international group of artists covering a wide variety of social [...]

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September – News Items at the Library!

New items at the Alternatives Library. The bottom right is a special display by Stephanie about banned (or would be) graphic novels in association with American Library Association banned books week. — at Alternatives Library.

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Food Justice Summit 2014

[ September 27, 2014; 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] The Food Justice Fair and Latino Multicultural Festival will be Sat, Sept 27th from 12 – 4 pm and beyond, at BJM Elementary school-grounds between W. Buffalo & Court Streets in Ithaca.
GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP) presents the Fourth Annual Food Justice Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 12pm-4pm in downtown Ithaca. The purpose of this [...]

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Asparaganza! Mobile Circulation, Puppets, etc…

[ June 7, 2014; 12:00 am to 8:00 pm. ] Asparaganza 2014 – at the Good Life Farm, 4017 Hickok Rd., Interlaken 14847

Saturday, June 7, 2-8pm

Free Entry, Easy Access to Asparagus, Live Music, Farm-based Fun, Community Gathering and Eating!

Good Life Farm’s annual Asparaganza joyously celebrates life in our thriving small farming community!

Starting at 2pm, we’re opening our Asparagus fields to guided UPick Field Walks, will [...]


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

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