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The Infoshops Network has been set up as a resource by - and for - autonomous centres, infoshops, free cafes, reading rooms, etc. These pages are gradually being put together as a start to a central database of information - contacts, news, views, ideas, skills, publications, and other useful resources.

The aim of this site is to provide up-to-date links to people, groups, information and other resources that are of direct relevance to infoshops.

The main purposes of the network are to:

  1. Enable networking, skill and information sharing between autonomous groups who run infoshops
  2. Inspire and help others to create their own autonomous spaces
  3. Get people away from their computers and into the real world by putting them in touch with real people near them who want to create actual communities!

Please help this site to evolve into something interesting and useful. If you have any comments, queries, suggestions, contributions ... whatever, about this site and/or the infoshops network, please e-mail infoshops@eco-action.org or subscribe to the e-mail list - we'd really appreciate your input.

So What's an Infoshop?

Infoshops (autonomous centres, reading rooms, free cafes - call them what you will) are a little piece of anarchy in action. Run by collectives, often from squatted premises, they provide autonomous space for people to meet, chat, and - not surprisingly! - obtain information. Infoshops aim to inform and inspire within their communities. Many infoshops have free cafes (or at least a cheap cup of tea) and reading rooms where people can sit and read from the vast array of printed info on offer - anything from a flier to a comprehensive history of the Spanish Revolution. Most infoshops also hold regular events - lectures, debates, film showings, women-only events, and much more - aswell as often providing a venue for local community groups to hold their own meetings and events.

Chris Dodge's article on infoshops