1 IFL informal feminist library

IFL’s logo

3 thematic readings: racism and decolonization

4 the first spread (you can contact me if you want to see the full comic) of my comic A Message From IFL, published in the Meeting Grounds publication by Onomatopee

5 the Meeting Grounds publication

6 Onomatopee x IFL’s event Fragmented Symposium - No Is Not Enough, supported by Cultuur Eindhoven

05. informal feminist library

IFL informal feminist library is an alternative and independent library founded in January 2020 and located in a shared atelier space in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. As of 2021, the library is located in Berlin, Germany and is looking for a permanent space to call home. She is still in use in a smaller scale following the current Covid-19 safety regulations.

Constituted of more than 120 books, She is a collection of feminist publications (novels, essays, short stories, comics and zines) written by womxn and feminist activists.

It is all at once a private collection gone public, a free access to feminist readings, a safe space to read in and to have conversations and a big question mark on what is professional and what is informal.

IFL’s adage is best expressed by the adjectives that describe what the library aims to be :

informal: She is an organic library, open whenever Her librarian is present at the location.

communal: She keeps growing thanks to the book donations of Her visitors, who can borrow the books as long as they want for free.

inclusive: She is an open space for anyone to come in and read, discuss or have a cup of coffee.

critical: She is the host to a number of events involving online reading and debating sessions, talks and workshops.

revolutionary: She aims at being an active Streitraum, a place to be radicals, a place to debate and imagine a feminist future in collectiveness.

inspiring: She proves that everyone can be a librarian and that the act of sharing knowledge starts where we want it to

IFL’s events have involved online reading and debating sessions, as part of the Meeting Grounds programme of Onomatopee in 2019 and 2020. The last event consisted of three responsive discussions happening between IFL founder Pauline Agustoni, designer Marie Declerfayt and artist Clara Le Meur. Through the reading of two chapters of the book No Is Not Enough by Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein, the speakers analyzed the current Covid-19 situation’s effects on the political and social spheres in which they evolve. They pursued the uncovering of strategies of resistance and change against neo-liberal capitalism. This project was supported by Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven.

On the agenda of IFL is a talk about the relationship between womxn and public space, an analysis carried out through the reading of extracts of the book Flâneuse : Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London by Lauren Elkin. The event will take place at IFL in 2021, when more information about the current rules of conduct for gatherings will be communicated.

Here is the link to the facebook page of the library:

To request the list of the available publications or for book orders in the region of Berlin, feel free to contact

*Informal because the library is free and independent, Feminist because the choice of books is curated towards feminist and queer readings, Library because two shelves do form a library if you want them to*