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Spartacus Books is a nonprofit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre. The store has been run collectively for over 40 years.

We are open every day. You are welcome to come in and hang out with or without shopping. We have free internet and computer access, complimentary coffee and tea, and comfy couches. We’re also proud to have a small selection of board games available for use in-store by visitors.

Our hours are as follows: Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Basis of Unity

Spartacus Books is a collectively run infoshop located on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

We share information and resources with individuals and communities of diverse radical tendencies in order to build relationships of struggle that reflect our values

To provide an example of what other worlds are possible, we recognize that how we do things is as important as what we do. We work toward an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist practice based on mutual aid, equity, rejection of hierarchy, and consensus within an anti-oppression framework, understanding that all oppressions are fundamentally linked. As a part of confronting domination in all of its forms, we challenge the reproduction of oppressive politics within our personal lives.

We are connected to struggles for liberation across time and space, which we look to for inspiration in the face of cascading ecological collapse. Despite the odds being against us, we understand that the struggle is continuous, and we persevere.

Books & More

Spartacus is the go-to resource for anti-capitalist, political books not found in big-box bookstores.

Books

Fiction & Non-fiction
Graphic Novels
Children’s Books

Periodicals

Magazines
Journals
Newspapers

Unique Items

Zines
Patches & Buttons
Consignment

We have 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
History
Marxism
Science Fiction

Looking for a specific title? Call us at 604.688.6138 or email us at [email protected] to see if it’s in stock. If it’s not, we will happily order it for you – for no additional charge!

We have an excellent selection of journals and magazines, for example the latest issues of Adbusters, Bitch, Briarpatch, Communities, Endnotes, Herizons, Jacobin, New Internationalist, Rethinking Schools, Roar Magazine, World War 3 Illustrated, and Z Magazine.

Spartacus has an amazingly huge collection of nowhere-else-to-be-found zines by local and non-local activists, poets and writers! We also sell patches, badges, t-shirts, and posters. We have a growing selection of literature in French, German, Esperanto, and Spanish.

Events

Spartacus regularly hosts various events – poetry readings, feminist discussion clubs, book and project presentations, squeezebox circle meetings, and others. Sign up for our email newsletter for regular updates on upcoming events.

Do you want to 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 to host an event at Spartacus, please read and fill out our Event Booking Request form [this is an online Google form] – ideally with at least 7 days notice! We recommend checking the calendar below to ensure the time you want to hold your event is available.

We have compiled a list of accessibility information about Spartacus for event planners and visitors. If you have any additional questions about the space, please contact us.

Upcoming events at Spartacus

Get Involved

Spartacus is a nonprofit, volunteer-run store. We provide a free space for community events, internet use, learning, and fun! There are many ways that you can help us continue to do this.

Volunteer!

If you are interested in volunteering at Spartacus, please complete our volunteer application form [this is an online Google form]. As a volunteer you can take on a weekly shift at the store, organize events, promote Spartacus on- and off-line, or take on other tasks based on your interests.

Become a member!

Spartacus is supported in part by the generous donations of numerous community members. All donors to Spartacus become Spartacus members – and receive 10% off all purchases for an entire year, along with access to our DVD rentals! If you are interested in making a donation to Spartacus or becoming a monthly supporter, please email us or come talk to a volunteer at the store.

A big thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers, and donors who have enabled us to provide anti-capitalist, political literature and events to Vancouver/Coast Salish Territories for over 40 years!

Contact

Spartacus is located at:
3378 Findlay Street
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory
Vancouver, BC V5N 4E7
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We are open Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

You can reach us by email at [email protected] and by phone at 604-688-6138. Sign up for our email newsletter.