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About the Alternatives Library

The Durland Alternatives Library is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA)

Since our beginning in 1974, the library collection has grown to include a variety of topics–all centered around a vision for transformative action, sustainability, and social justice.  

Our Mission:

The Durland Alternatives Library is dedicated to providing free and open access to materials expressing viewpoints and information not readily available through mainstream publications and mass-media sources. We are committed to providing information and educational materials to underserved and incarcerated people.

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Library Staff : About Us


The Alternatives Library is a team effort that includes two full time, fifteen part-time, and dozens more of volunteer staff. We have multiple programs in the local community which are both local and far reaching. 

Prisoner Express, our main program, has connected hundreds of volunteers with thousands of people incarcerated in the United States. 

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Celebrate People’s History

Every year we display a series of posters and printed artwork which celebrates people’s history. Every week we acknowledge a significant anniversary on our blog.

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