Survivors Library is an international group of survivors who collect and create resources by, for, and about survivors of trauma, abuse, and assault. We believe survivors deserve access to resources that don’t perpetuate harm and oppression. We don’t allow anything that promotes transphobia, racism, anti-sex work sentiments, fatphobia, ableism, classism, abuse or assault apologism, homophobia or anti-LGBTQIA sentiments, or content created by abusers. We prioritise the collection and creation of resources by, for, and about survivors who experience those oppressions.
We aim to question, challenge, and dismantle oppressive structures in society to the best of our abilities. We are non-hierarchical and currently volunteer-run, with the goal of acquiring funding in the future.
What is a resource?
A resource in the Survivors Library context is anything made by, for, or about survivors of trauma, abuse, and assault – books, music, support groups, websites, zines, meetings, events, art, and more. To submit a resource please visit our Submissions page – note that you don’t have to be the original creator of a resource to submit it.
We are building a collection of resources to be accessed online as well as physically Edinburgh, Scotland. All of our resources have been reviewed and labelled for content warnings and acceptable content as listed above unless otherwise stated.
Currently, we have a work-in-progress list of resources available here. We are working towards an online collection with an advanced tagging system and curated lists, as well as downloadable content where possible, to allow for the most accessible collection we can build. We hope that this will allow for future physical Survivors Library collections to exist internationally.
We are creating new resources to add to our collection through our online and in-person meetings, workshops, and events. Any survivor is welcome to contribute a resource they’ve made on their own as well through our Submissions page.
Through creating new resources, we are hoping to shift the balance away from popularly accessible resources for survivors that are often made by mental health professionals who aren’t survivors themselves. We encourage the voices of survivors who are marginalised and heard less to share their knowledge and experiences for the benefit of themselves, other survivors, and society at large.