Spartacus Books is a nonprofit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre. The store has been run collectively for over 40 years.
We are open every day. You are welcome to come in and hang out with or without shopping. We have free internet and comfy couches. Our hours are:
If you'd like to volunteer or donate to Spartacus, check out the Support section.
Spartacus has an unparalleled selection of academic and scholarly publications including journals and books and hard-to-find publishers that aren’t available anywhere else in Vancouver. Spartacus carries a diverse and up-to-date selection of books in fields such as:
We have an excellent selection of journals and magazines, for example the latest issues of Adbuster, Bitch, Briarpatch, Communities, Hip Mama, Jacobin, The Nation, Rethinking Schools, World War 3, and Z Magazine.
Spartacus has an amazingly huge collection of no-where-else-to-be-found zines by local and non-local activists, poets and writers! We also sell patches, badges, t-shirts, and posters. We have a growing selection of literature in French, German, Esperanto, and Spanish.
Spartacus regularly hosts various events – poetry readings, feminist discussion clubs, book and project presentations, squeezebox circle meetings, and others. Do you want use the space? Up to 30 people can fit in comfortably and we have a projector and sound system. No charge is involved.
Spartacus Books is a nonprofit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre offering tools for social change, located from 1973 to 2014, on the edge of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In 2014, forced from Hastings St. by gentrification we moved to our current location at Commercial Drive and 18th Avenue.Spartacus Books was begun by students at Simon Fraser University in 1972 as a regular booktable: bringing ideas and information otherwise unavailable to the campus. After a year, seeing the enthusiastic reception and the need they were meeting, they rented a third floor room above a pool hall opposite Woodward's Department Store and brought the project to Vancouver. The space was large enough for many public meetings and events as well as housing the bookstore.
Within two years we moved to our second floor location on Victory Square where for 30 years we grew to be possibly the largest radical English language bookstore anywhere, again with space for organizing and cultural events.
In 2004 the building burned to the ground, destroying everything. Because fire insurance had become unaffordable, we had nothing left but with community support we began again with thousands of donated books. After years of slow rebuilding we again can offer a wide range of new titles as well as inexpensive used books.
Through all these years we have maintained our original mandate of being progressive and non-sectarian, and always volunteer-run.
You can learn more about Spartacus' history on Wikipedia.
Spartacus is a nonprofit, volunteer-run store. We provide a fee space for community events, internet use, learning, and fun! There are many ways that you can help us continue to do this.
If you are interested in volunteering at Spartacus, please complete our volunteer application form. As a volunteer you can take on a weekly shift at the store, organize events, promote Spartacus on- and off-line, or take on other tasks based on your interests.
Spartacus is also supported by the generous donations of numerous community members. All donors to Spartacus become Spartacus members - and recieve 10% off all purchases for an entire year! If you are interested in making a donation to Spartacus or becoming a monthly supporter, please email us or come talk to a volunteer at the store.