Wednesdays 12–6pm

NOTE! Our Library is closed on Wednesday, 13th March due to a public event

And by appointment
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Out of the Library:
Every now and then we bring attention to some of the Library contents, and focus upon some key topics and thematics.

Geographies of Resistance
Collaborative Articulations
The Publishing Reader
Black Studies
Shimmer & Gordon Hall


PUBLICS Library is structured around the following 16 categories:

— P1 Philosophy
— P2 Art Theory
— P3 Public Art
— P4 Curatorial
— P5 Group Shows
— P6 Art Writing
— P7 Biennials
— P8 Solo Shows
— P9 Book Series
— P10 Small
— P11 Education
— P12 New
— P13 Archive
— P14 Magazines
— P15 Sound
— P16 Foreign Languages

PUBLICS Library is a public research space dedicated to critical social thinking, learning and education – a place for coming together, discussing, reading and thinking about contemporary art and its many publics. The library is dedicated to representing and challenging the many concepts, theories and practices of curating contemporary art and publicness. Library is open to the public every scheduled Wednesday or by appointment. Books are available to read, to study and to browse on site. The Library’s bibliography will continue to be catalogued, indexed and made available online for reference. PUBLICS Library and its 60 Publics Stool (a special version of one of the most iconic pieces by Alvar Aalto) are designed by Julia.

We now have a special collection of the first 100 Books published by Lugemik. The collection has been donated to our Library by Lugemik, an independent publishing initiative based in Tallinn, Estonia, founded in 2010. Lugemik 100 Books exhibition took place at PUBLICS in autumn 2023. During the show, Lugemik presented all their titles published between 2010–2023.

Image credits: Noora Lehtovuori
Stools and Library storage unit designed by Valerio Di Lucente