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Now Open! – 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

Library News

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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 […]

IC Math Camp

IC Math Day w/ Family Math

[ November 15, 2014; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Family Math is a new program of the Durland Alternatives Library which culminates in a summer camp using alternative methods for math education. We’ll have more information listed at a later date, so stay tuned. But, for now you can visit the Family Math website and we’ll post events like these as they come up.

IC […]


Free! – Garlic Planting Workshop

[ November 8, 2014; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Garlic Planting Workshop

The Garlic Project, a collaboration between the Plantations Environmental Education Program for Sustainability (PEEPS) and the Durland Alternatives Library, presents a hands-on garlic planting workshop at the Plantations’ Pounder Vegetable Garden  on Saturday, November 8th from 1:00-3:00pm . All participants will be given garlic seed to take home and plant as well as […]


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 […]


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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