Since 1973, Spartacus Books is a nonprofit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre located on the edge of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The store has been successfully run for over 35 years by a collective of volunteers, despite a 2004 fire at its old location on West Hastings Street.
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;
Anarchy, Race and Society, Community Organizing, Gender, Queer studies, Feminism, Radical Theory, First Nations, Prisons, Poetry and fiction, DIY, Ecology, Literary Criticism, Art and History.
Spartacus is the go-to resource for anti-capitalist, political books not found in big-box bookstores. Our Labour studies section is flourishing with old classics and new titles.
We have a great selection of graphic novels, and we have a growing selection of literature in French, German, Esperanto and Spanish.
We have an excellent selection of journals and magazines, for example the latest issues ofAdbuster, Abilities, Against the Current, Bitch, Communities, Giant Robot, Extra!, World War 3, The Nation, Z Magazine and Rethinking Schools.
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.
Booking an event
The space is often used for various events – poetry reading, feminist discussion club, books and projects 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. To apply and learn more about the conditions of use, download and read this document and then email the events coordinator (Alan).
Do you want to volunteer at Spartacus? Fill out the application and bring it to the store.
To support us, you can also donate books or send us some money.
Accessibility info/measurements (inches):
- Front door: 42" wide, handle height 39.5", door swings out to the street
- 1st doorway into back space: 34.75" wide, no door
- 2nd doorway into further-back back space: 34.5" wide, no door
- Bathroom door: 29" wide, handle height 36", door swings into bathroom
- Space between bathroom door to toilet: 42"
- Space between toilet edge and opposite wall: 35"
- Toilet height: 14"
- Sink height: 31"
- Dimensions of bathroom: 60"x59.5"