Get Involved

We need your help.

The Internationalist only survives because of the hard work and passion of the community that supports it. If you share our vision, feel attached to our history, or simply want to see alternative political and cultural spaces thrive in Chapel Hill, consider becoming part of that community. A good way to start is by volunteering for a weekly three-hour shift. You’ll get to meet other like-minded people, become better acquainted with the range of books and zines that we stock, and contribute to a vital project that has lasted over thirty years.

Many of our supporters are unable to volunteer their time due to the constraints of work or home life. If you want to get involved but don’t have free time to commit to the store, why not make a pledge to support us financially? With internet sales pushing small booksellers out of business everywhere, we need more than just great inventory and committed volunteers to keep our doors open. For twenty or thirty dollars a month, you can become an Internationalist Sustainer and ensure that we can keep focusing on our role as a hub of activism and culture, instead of devoting all our time to the logistics of maintaining a small business. Your support means that volunteers and community members will continue to have a vital home for their passion and energy.

Of course, we also welcome traditional one-time donations.

We also accept book donations, which we will put on our shelves, add to our lending library, or send to the Internationalist Prison Books Collective. Historically, some of our best inventory has come from the personal collections of supporters in the community, so please don’t hesitate!┬áRemember that donations for prisoners must be paperback only.

If you are an author, artist, or performer, consider booking an event at I-books or place your work on consignment with us. Activists can schedule meetings, film screenings, and reading groups at our space. Come by the store or email to find out how.

Internationalist Books is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, organized as a member and volunteer run collective. Donations are tax-deductible.