About the Collection

Survivors Library is currently changing the way we display and share our resources and have temporarily taken our collection offline. We are still sharing resources regularly on our social media, and if you’re looking for something in particular, you can contact us. If you’re interested in getting involved with our collections, get in touch and find out more about getting involved here.

Survivors Library collects resources that are by, for, or about survivors of any trauma, abuse, or assault. We are currently revising our collections policy, and developing a description of how we define trauma and survivorhood. We are also discussing with multiple organisations (such as libraries, archives, and collections) how they approach the inclusion of materials that may be triggering, problematic, or controversial, and considering how to apply similar measures to our own collections.

Our aim is to provide resources in a way that is empowering to survivors, giving them the tools to browse our collection in a way that is defined by them and opens up dialogue. This can be through content warnings, sophisticated search systems, comments sections or forums, discussions, and events. While our library is for anyone who is interested in learning more about trauma, abuse, or assault, we prioritise centering survivors and their voices. We also prioritise survivors who experience other forms of oppression, such as racism, transphobia, anti-sex work sentiments, fatphobia, ableism, classism, misogyny, homophobia, biphobia, or anti-LGBTQIA sentiments.

Our Digital Collection

During the pandemic, our priority is developing our digital collection so people have better access to our resources from home. Find our more about submitting resources and getting involved with our collections.

Our Physical Collection (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Our growing physical collection of resources is currently privately housed in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is brought to our events and stalls for people to access. We are interested in finding a home for our collection, either in an existing space, or a new space of our own. If you’re interested in getting involved with the physical collection, or can offer us support, please get in contact. If you’d like to donate to our physical collection, please use our submissions form.