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.