Incendium Radical Library (IRL) started because the IRL Collective wanted to challenge the commodification of libraries, whether government, university, or council based. They see a mass production of a certain type of thinking which reproduces the structures of oppression that we live under.
The IRL Collective use the word radical in its original sense—to get to the root of something. They are defined by an affiliation with critical and experience-based perspectives of the world. They see intentional spaces such as this as essential meeting places to develop community. Incendium is for anyone who is interested in critical literature or a comfortable space to read.
The current collection is curated based on the IRL Collective's own personal interests and projects, as well as the interests of previous radical libraries that have built the collection over the years, from Barricade bookshop; Loophole, HOP and Hotshots community centres; and the Incendium mobile library. They prioritise materials that center the voices of marginalised communities and individuals, and that document and support social change.
Train: Tottenham Station (Sunbury Line)
Bus: Route 220
IRL is wheelchair accessible, has overhead lighting and sturdy seating available.
More information on transport and accessibility is available on the IRL website.
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587 Barkly St, West Footscray
28d Ashley Street
West Footscray, VIC 3012