Library Hours

As of September 1, 2014, the Library  hours are as follows:
Mon: 12-4 pm
Tue:  12-4 pm
Wed: 12-4 pm
Thur: 12-4 pm
Fri:    12-4 pm
For info, call 510-595-7417 (leave message)

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

Our schedule of  Sunday Morning and related events during the week is at:



Sunday, September 21, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

A Marxist Analysis of the RPA

We have invited Charles Smith, Richmond Resident and AFSCME 444 Delegate To Alameda Labor Council, to speak on the Richmond Progressive Alliance and class struggle in Richmond. He will be joined by Albert Dragstedt, Eugene Ruyle, and possibly other speakers.


Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Vietnam: Worker Shared Challenges

Group discussion of the shared interests of USA and Vietnamese labor unions & educators will include: industrialization and economic development – labor organizing and structure  – leader and member development – political education – labor law and the role of the state. Discussion will be led by Leanna Noble and Hollis Stewart, long-time unionists who spent more than half a year in Vietnam, where they taught at a labor university. Following a brief slide show and description of their Vietnam teaching experience, they will lead a free-flowing discussion based on participants’ questions/interests.


Sunday, October 5, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm


This talk will cover 3 inter-related topics: Is the Slovenian philosopher Slavoy Zizek leading a Hegel revival? Is Zizek leading a Lenin revival? Plus-The inner truth and greatness of Stalinism! Lew Finzel will speak.


Sunday, October 12, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Socialism: Scientific and Utopian

In his classic, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, Engels describes how the utopian vision of socialism was transformed into a science by linking it to a scientific understanding of social development and by identifying the working class as the agency that would build socialism. This scientific socialism of Marx and Engels inspired the world historic revolutions of the twentieth century. Since the overthrow of the Soviet Union, however, advocates of socialism typically repudiate both scientific socialism and the twentieth century attempts to build socialism. The result, too frequently, is a return to utopianism. This workshop will explore the need to rediscover the science of socialism. Background Reading: Engels, “Socialism: Utopian and Scientific.” (available online at the Marx & Engels Internet Archive. Discussion will be led by Eugene E Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, CSU, Long Beach, and a member of the ICSS Collective.


For our full schedule for the next few months, follow the link at:

For info on Sunday morning, or if you have a proposal for a workshop,

contact Gene Ruyle: 510-428-1578 or email:


Karl Niebyl was a professor of economics who escaped from Nazi Germany and taught for the rest of his life in various North American universities. His last post was at San Jose State.

Professor Niebyl died on April 4th, 1985, leaving his library to be made available to the public. He wanted this library to be named after his wife, Elizabeth Hale Niebyl, who was a leading figure in public housing in the days of the New Deal.

The Niebyl collection was stored for two years, until we found a home for it in Berkeley’s historic Finnish Hall. We moved in on January 20th, 1987 with 253 cartons of books.

Shortly, thereafter we inherited the books and papers of Roscoe Proctor, teacher, labor organizer, African-American activist. Hence the name: NIEBYL-PROCTOR LIBRARY.

In 1996 we moved into our own building at 6501 Telegraph Ave, in Oakland California.,

Our holdings consist of about 15,000 books, and over twenty thousand rare pamphlets, some dating back to the early 1920′s. The scope of the Karl Niebyl library reflects his wide interests: including world history, economics, philosophy, Marxism-Leninism, labor history, art and aesthetics.

The Proctor legacy dovetails nicely with that of Niebyl. The two collections overlap in basic areas such as economics and philosophy, but Proctor has left us with a unique collection of archival material relating to the history of radical politics, the labor and trade unions movements, and struggles for racial, national and sexual equality.

Our goal is to preserve our written heritage, as well as support emerging struggles for racial and gender equality, and for Socialism..

The NPML makes available its resources to organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

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