We recognise that books can be costly and often inaccessible. This is why we have founded a public collection of books and publication ephemera—our own Community Library.

The collection will be available to browse for free fortnightly on Saturday afternoons, 12-16:00pm, at Grove Collective in Battersea. The space is located on the ground floor and fully wheelchair accessible.


Our Membership Scheme is £2 a month, which allows members to borrow books from our library for up to 3 weeks.

How many books can I borrow per month?
You can borrow up to 3 books at a time. 

Where do I collect my books?
Books will be available to be picked up in-person from 9B Battersea Square, Wed-Sat 11-6pm, or shipped out to you by mail order.

How do I return my books?
You can return them in person Wed-Sat 11-6pm or ship them back to us. In either case, you need to notify us in advance by e-mail.

What if I missed the deadline to return a book?
If we haven’t received your book(s) 2 days after the due date, you will be charged 0.50p a day, per borrowed book, until we have got them back.

What if I lost a book?
You will be charged the full price of the book so we can buy a new copy.

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A full list of books below - we will update it as the Community Library grows. If you’re a member and would like to reserve a copy, please get in touch with Bella at bpa@grovecollective.co

  1. The Rise and Rise of the Private Art Museum, 2021, Georgina Adam, Available
  2. Artist, Authorship & Legacy, 2018, David McClean et al., Available
  3. A Fair Share of Utopia, 2021, Michelle Alexander et al., Available
  4. Housing the Co-op: A Micro-political Manifesto, 2004, Sascha Delz et al., Available
  5. Ossian Magazine: Issue 1, 2019, David McAllister et al., Available
  6. Discovering the Folklore of Plants, 2019, Margaret Baker, Available
  7. Ways of Seeing, 1997, John Berger, Available
  8. Talking Art 1: Art Monthly Interview with Artists since 1976, 2007, Patricia Bickers, Andrew Wilson, Available
  9. Talking Art 2: Art Monthly Interview with Artists since 2007, 2017, Patricia Bickers, Available
  10. Missing Time: Essays, 2022, Ari M. Brostoff, Available
  11. 9.5 Theses on art and class, 2013, Ben Davis, Available
  12. Navigating the Art World: Professional Practice for the Early Career Artist, 2020, Delphian, Available
  13. A Man's Place, 2020, Annie Ernaux, Available
  14. Manifesto on Never Giving Up, 2021, Bernardine Evaristo, Available
  15. The Medium is the Massage, 1967, Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, Available
  16. Capitalist Realism, 2009, Mark Fisher, Available
  17. The History of Sexuality: Volume One, 1978, Michel Foucault, Available
  18. Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism, 2021, Lauren Fournier, Available
  19. The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride, 2021, Melanie Gerlis, Available
  20. RAVE, 2020, Rainald Goetz, Available
  21. A Little Book on Form, 2017, Robert Hass, Available
  22. Art Quake: The Most Disruptive Works in Modern Art, 2021, Susie Hodge, Available
  23. A Doll's House, 2004, Henrik Ibsen, Available
  24. Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age, 2018, Omar Kholeif, Available
  25. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984, Milan Kundera, Available
  26. The Hatred of Poetry, 2017, Ben Lerner, Available
  27. The Argonauts, 2015, Maggie Nelson, Available
  28. Ways of Curating, 2014, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Available
  29. Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts, 2022, Jed Perl, Available
  30. Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood, 2014, Grayson Perry, Available
  31. Death In Spring, 2018, Mercè Rodoreda, Available
  32. Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty, 2018, Jacqueline Rose, Available
  33. Inventing the Future, 2015, Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams, Available
  34. The Curator's Egg, 2009, Karsten Schubert, Available
  35. Better Living Through Criticism, 2016, A.O. Scott, Available
  36. What Problems Can Artist Publishers Solve?, 2019, Temporary Services, Available
  37. Regarding The Pain of Others, 2003, Susan Sontag, Available
  38. In Memory of Memory, 2022, Maria Stepanova, Available
  39. Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary War, 2019, Hito Steyerl, Available
  40. The Language of Cities, 2016, Deyan Sudjic, Available

If you’d like to request a book that we do not currently have, E-MAIL US and we will try our best to acquire it.