The Prelinger Library

I really like the work they’re doing at the Prelinger Library… (not to be confused with the Prelinger Archives, which is also amazing).  But the Prelinger Library is doing some great archiving of public domain materials and odd ephemera from the 19th and 20th centuries.  They also have a good size collection of art books and zines that holds more than a few gems.  I’d love to take a trip to visit there and check it out…

Akasha Deva



The Prelinger Library is an independent research library located in San Francisco’s South-of-Market neighborhood. It is open to anyone for research, reading, inspiration, and reuse.


The library is primarily a collection of 19th and 20th century historical ephemera, periodicals, maps, and books, most published in the United States. Much of the collection is image-rich, and in the public domain. The library specializes in material that is not commonly found in other public libraries. Read more about the collection here.


The library was co-founded in 2004 by Megan Prelinger and Rick Prelinger. Read more about our history here. It is also part of a community of local and international artists, writers, activists, and other makers. It is visited by as many as a thousand people every year. Many of these people, and many organizations and institutions, have contributed to the library and helped to make it what it is. Read more about our community here.


Thanks to Thomas Hawk for the image of the Prelinger Library shelves.

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