Located at 705 East 7th Street, across from Dunn Meadow, between North Fess and North Park avenues, the LGBTQ+ Center houses a library with a collection of over 3,500 titles. The LGBTQ+ Library's mission is to build a collection that provides access to unique resources that appeal across the broad spectrums of gender identity and sexual orientation. This includes over 2,000 books with titles ranging from locally themed Bloomington Boys series by Mark A. Roeder to Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues to The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Sondra Decker. The LGBTQ+ Library's resources are not just limited to books, the collection includes CDs and over 400 DVDs ranging from Trembling before G-d, a documentary about the lives of queer orthodox Jews, and Venus Boyz, about drag kings in London and New York, as well as feature length films like the Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Pariah, and television shows like the L Word and Glee. Recently, the LGBTQ+ Library began collecting zines. This collection will expand their offerings to include unique, independently produced works unavailable elsewhere on campus. If you have zines you would like others to read, consider donating to the library! The zine collection will debut in late September with zine making workshops to follow taught by Yara Cluver, instructor for Artists' Books at Collins, and Samuel Buelow, instructor of LGBT/Q Activism Worldwide.
Doug Bauder, Director of LGBTQ+ Center, says: "One student once said that she loved coming into the library because it reminded her that she was surrounded by a community of thoughtful people with stories to tell. The books and films reminded her that lgbt people have a history and a passion for justice and a love for the arts and, often times, a spiritual depth that surprises some. The resources in our library bring all of those things to light."
You can browse the library's collection by visiting their LibraryThing page. If you're in a hurry, you can use this handy map to locate just what you need. You're welcome to stop by and browse the library, maybe you'll stumble across your favorite book or the topic of your upcoming paper! Questions? Want to know if the library has a book you don't see in the catalog? Contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LGBTQ+ Center hosts more than just a library, they provide counseling services, sponsor support groups, their website is a portal to student groups for LGBT identifying folks and their allies, they maintain the QNews newsletter, and promote positive spaces on campus. The Center also hosts lectures and film screenings on campus. You can find information about all this and more at their website.
Keep up with current events at the LGBTQ+ Library, check out their blog.
Thanks to Andrew Wang and Doug Bauder.
by Thom Sullivan