The East Side Freedom Library currently holds books, journals, records, original works of art, and posters.
The focus of the collection are materials relating to:
- Labor and working-class history and literature;
- U.S. immigration history;
- African American and African diasporic history;
- Asian American and Asian history;
- Political-economic history, U.S. and global;
- Women’s history and feminism(s);
- Political philosophy;
- Jazz and radical music history;
- Historical methods and historiography, including oral history.
There are smaller sub-sections, such as Chicana/o & Latina/o history and South African political history.