The Los Angeles Free Black Women's Library

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

The Free Black Women's Library, conceived by Ola Ronke, started as a Brooklyn-based mobile library containing only books by Black women. 

The Free Black Women’s Library is an interactive traveling biblio-installation that features a collection of over 900 books written by Black women, as well as films, performance, reading, workshops and conversations. This mobile library pops up monthly, and mainly in Brooklyn but has also been installed in Harlem, and various cities through out the country such as Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Detroit. The mission of this social art project is to illuminate the incredible and expansive nature of Black women, magnify our voices, and provide access to our diverse words and stories. At the library we find liberation, healing, joy, pleasure and community in our gathering and use books written by Black women as the foundation.
Camari Carter Hawkins

Camari Carter Hawkins

Sharing a book is like conjuring magic and books by Black women are some deep shit (pardon my French). This summer, with Ola's blessings, we will be bringing you the Los Angles Free Black Women's Library. We are Antoinette Scully, creator of Black & Bookish, and Camari Carter Hawkins, writer of Death by Comb

Bring a book written by a Black women, and at TFBWL, trade your used book for another. It's a one-to-one trade for as many books as you bring. We will also have themed days, book clubs, panel discussions, author chats, and more. 

Events will be located at businesses round Los Angeles, including Sip and Sonder, a new cafe opening up in Inglewood.

Our branch opens March 2019!  


We are always accepting donations for the Los Angeles branch of The Free Black Women's Library. Titles can be of any genre and MUST BE WRITTEN BY A BLACK WOMAN. 

You can send your donations to: 

Black & Bookish

c/o Antoinette Scully

15115 Parthenia St. #110

North Hills, CA 91323