Frequently asked questions

How does it work?

The Feminist Library On Wheels is a free mobile lending library. Anyone can sign up for a library card and check out books on the honor system. Books can be returned to F.L.O.W. at any time: hand them back to us while we’re out at an event or on the road; drop them off at a designated drop-off location or the Women’s Center for Creative Work; mail them to us at Feminist Library On Wheels, P.O. Box 292464, Los Angeles, California 90029.

Where do I find your library catalog? Can I request a book?

You can find our complete catalog on TinyCat.com. It lists all the books available, as well as which items are already checked out, and our special collections. Say you’re planning to come to an event where F.L.O.W. will be set up, and you find an item in the catalog you’d like to read--just send us an email at feministlibraryonwheels@gmail.com, tell us the author’s name and the title of the book you want, and we’ll put it on the trike for you! You can invite us to an event with a theme, and request books on our shelves to suit the occasion, or if you’re thinking of donating books you can see which areas are more or less strongly represented already.

What makes the library “feminist”?

Good question! We don’t have a strict idea of what qualifies the books as feminist--we’ve left that question open to the donors who give them to us. You might find a work of theoretical writing self-consciously defining the term; fiction for young readers that features a strong girl as the central character; biographies of women in history; books on crafts traditionally associated with women, like quilting or weaving . . . The list goes on and on! F.L.O.W. does not tell you what feminism is--it’s a tool you can use to make choices about what feminism means for you.

How can I donate?

You can mail books to us at Feminist Library On Wheels, P.O. Box 292464, Los Angeles, California 90029. Or you can drop them off at the Women’s Center for Creative Work, or any of our other drop-off locations. If you have a large donation, please email us at feministlibraryonwheels@gmail.com to make arrangements. You can purchase books directly from our wishlist at the Skylight website--this way there is no extra shipping involved! If you would like to donate funds to support our work, please check out our Patreon site here.

How can I volunteer?

There’s so much to do! You can help us maintain our collection (prepare books for circulation, keep an eye on the online catalog), maintain our bike and trailer, take the bike and trailer to events, help us sign up new cardholders, pick up books from drop-off locations, translate sections of our website, and more! Drop us a line at feministlibraryonwheels@gmail.com, let us know what you’re interested in doing (innovations or suggestions welcome), and we’ll be in touch! You can also sign-up using our Volunteer Google Form.

How can I host F.L.O.W. at my event/party/fundraiser/shindig?

Please send us an email at feministlibraryonwheels@gmail.com to coordinate the details of having F.L.O.W. come to your event. Let us know as much as you can about what is involved--how long you need us to stay, when we can set up, where we can park, etc. We do welcome opportunities to continue to support our work through fundraising, so if you’re able to offer us an honorarium or stipend we appreciate it very much; we also want to be as accessible as possible to as many groups as we can, so we do not charge to come to events. We would love to talk to you about sharing F.L.O.W. with a new audience!

Where do you get the books from?

All of the books are donated. We have occasionally added books from our own collections, but everything in our catalog has been donated. Some have come from donors who gave us one or two items, others around a half-dozen at a time—we’ve also received donations in the mail. A couple of large private donations have considerably increased our collection as well. Building our library this way means we are building a collective definition of feminism: a F.L.O.W. library card doesn’t tell you what feminism is—it’s a tool you can use to figure that out for yourself.

This response was adapted from an interview with Jenn Witte and Dawn Finley that originally appeared in “The Feminist Library on Wheels: A Roaming Tool for Social Justice,” an article by Michele Filgate on Literary Hub, June 2016.

What’s the goal of the project?

We’re not sure how to describe our goal in a finite, concrete sense—but, the ultimate prize would be to help create a world in which feminism is a natural part of how the world is structured, how we relate to each other, ourselves, the planet. In a more practical short-term sense, the goal is to make as much feminist material as available to as many different people as possible, using bicycles and tricycles, with minimal reliance on cars. Not because we have a singular idea of what feminism is and how it should be encouraged, but because we have a tool we want to share, for people to use in ways that are productive and meaningful for them, their families, their communities.

This response was adapted from an interview with Jenn Witte and Dawn Finley that originally appeared in “The Feminist Library on Wheels: A Roaming Tool for Social Justice,” an article by Michele Filgate on Literary Hub, June 2016.

I love your logo!

Thank you! The design was made originally by artist Graham Chaffee. Jenn Witte then re-drew it for us, and has made it into both a crayon drawing and stencil. It’s the first image Graham drew when Dawn asked him to design a tattoo for her that would show how much energy and power cycling had brought into her life.


We’re continually adding more questions and answers to this page. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered, just email us, feministlibraryonwheels@gmail.com!