Who We Are
Internationalist Books is a volunteer run collective, a not-for-profit bookstore, a radical community center, and community owned cooperative. The store was founded in 1981 by political activist Bob Sheldon. Since the 1980s, the Internationalist has been a center of activism, political discussion and creative grassroots organizing. The Internationalist became a non-profit volunteer run collective after Bob’s death in 1991.
Internationalist Books provides new and used books and magazines, zines, art and other items. We specialize in hard to find, alternative, underground, small press, independent, and nontraditional literature.
Internationalist Books is supported by its membership program, where members join with a yearly sliding scale donation, or become monthly sustainers Membership benefits include store discounts, access to the lending library, invitations to special events, a vote on our Board of Directors, and more.
We are run by a volunteer collective, and have a Board of Directors. More than 30 people volunteer at least 3 hours per week, running the store and all its programs. Internationalist Books provides a number of programs, from independent author readings, workshops, films, acoustic concerts, discussion groups, special ordering services, and meeting space for various groups.Internationalist Books and Community Center is also the partner bookstore for the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective.