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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRecords of Lesbians in Libraries
Ref No6LIL
Box Fetch NoBox 01
Extent1 A box
Admin Biographical HistoryLesbians in Libraries (fl 1985-1989) was set up in London in the early 1980s as a campaigning sub-group of Women in Libraries, and a support group 'for lesbians who work in and use libraries'. Its main aim was to have lesbian texts supplied to public libraries as a matter of course, and not just at the request of particular librarians. In order to do this the group worked closely with women's publishing houses including Sheba, The Women's Press, Onlywomen Press, Virago and Black Women Talk.

Lesbians in Libraries targeted library suppliers, having found that information sent to many library suppliers by Onlywomen Press (the only lesbian press) and The Women's Press had not been passed on to the libraries. Lesbians in Libraries challenged this and, in doing so, raised the profile of lesbian literature and put it onto the suppliers' agenda.

Lesbians in Libraries held conferences, produced bulletins and newsletters and networked with other groups including The Lesbians and Gay Librarians Group, The Library Association and Lesbian Mothers Group.
DescriptionThe archive consists of correspondence, working papers, publicity flyers, newsletters and supporting publications from other organisations
Related MaterialFor records of Women in Libraries, 1973-1987, see 6WIL.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThis collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library @ LSE in advance of their first visit.
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