About the Library

Our mandate is to acquire and provide public access to materials by and about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer community (LGBTQ). Located in the D.B. Weldon Library at the University of Western Ontario, London ON, Canada. The Pride Library welcomes all.

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Volunteer at the Pride Library

Volunteers are very important to the library's success. They keep the doors open, assist visitors in finding materials, and work on various special projects. Find out more.

Queer Graphica Collection Event April 11 2013 4-5PM

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Broken Pencil presents: QUEER GRAPHICA launch at the Pride Library

04-03-2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013
4:00 – 5:00pm
Pride Library, D.W. Weldon Library, room 107 (main floor, off Spenser Reading Room). Map and directions - click here.
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The Pride Library is pleased to announce the launch of its latest special collection: QUEER GRAPHICA.

Comprised of comics, zines, graphic novels, and artists’ bookworks, QUEER GRAPHICA reflects all the colours in the LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans) rainbow in formats that creatively combine words with images.  Rather than telling a single “official” story of the changing role of queer folk through history, the collection provides exciting access to socially diverse, politically engaging, culturally alternative, and often highly personal narratives of sexual/gender identity formation and queer community development across the globe.    

Local donors Mike Niederman and Joan Brennan will be honoured at the launch for their pioneering role in producing and collecting queer zines in Canada.  Thanks to their generous contributions over the period 1997 to 2013, the collection has grown to encompass everything from sensitive coming-out narratives to raunchy celebrations of leather culture, from affectionate satires of queer family dynamics to explosive manifestos from the daring fringes of kink.

Titles include: Curbside, Kake, Dyke to Watch Out For, Straight to Hell, J.D.s, Queer Enough, Hothead Paisan, Hoax, Liliane, Curbside, Invincible Summer, The Life and Times of Butch Dykes, He, Her, Him: Free, Fer, Frim, Gay Comix, Naked Justice, Naughty Bits, Desert Peach, Spit and Passion, and Keven Keller.

Artists represented in the collection include: Tom of Finland, P. Craig Russel, Eloisa Aquino, Bruce LaBruce & GB Jones, Caroline Paquita, Nicole J. Georges, Howard Cruse, Diane DiMassa, Mary Wings, Cristy C. Road, Robnoxious, Alison Bechdel, Carrie McNinch, Robert Kirby, Gengoroh Tegame, and Ellen Forney.

The stylish new space created for QUEER GRAPHICA includes original design elements by Toronto graphic artist Annyen Lam (signage) and London ébéniste Elias Polizoes (cabinetry).

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The Royal Imperial Sovereign Court of London and Southwestern Ontario Presents a Donation of $4,600

10-04-2012

Regent Emperor 2 Stan MacKenzie-Storm and Her Royal Imperial Soverign Majesty Empress 2 Madison Hart of the Royal Imperial Sovereign Court of London and Southwestern Ontario presented a generous donation of $4,600 to Dr. James Miller at the September 29th Investiture.  The funds from this donation will be directed to archival projects concerning drag culture, costuming and impersonation, and ball culture.

The first photograph below pictures Emperor Stan, Dr. Miller, and Empress Madison. Dr. Miller is holding the children's book The Harvey Milk Story by Kari Krakow, illustrated by David Gardner, donated to the Pride Library by Emperor Jack from the Royal Imperial Sovereign Court of New York.

Volunteer at the Pride Library for Fall 2012

09-04-2012

Welcome new and returning Western students!  We need volunteers to staff the queeries desk for fall term.  Volunteers keep the doors open, help patrons, and work on special projects.  Spots on the volunteer schedule are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you're interested in volunteering at the Pride Library, please contact our student co-ordinator at volunteer@pridelibrary.ca.

Update: Our interim volunteer schedule is available here.  Please be advised that the Pride Library will remain closed to the public until the volunteer schedule is finalized - stay tuned for details.  Until regular operating hours commence, materials can be retrieved from the Pride Library with the assistance of the front circulation desk at Weldon Library.

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Donate to the Pride Library

The library is made possible by donations from across Canada and around the world. Please contact the director of the library, Professor James Miller, at jmiller@uwo.ca or (519) 661-2111 x85828 to arrange to make a cash gift.

The library relies on donations of materials from the community to build its collections. Click here for details.