Library Hours

As of April 13, 2014, the Library  hours are as follows:
Mon:  1-5 pm
Tue:  2-6 pm
Wed: 12-4 pm
Thur:  2-6 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, July 13, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Landless Workers Movement in Brazil
Movimento Sem Terra and the international struggle for land, food and our own labor.

In February a delegation of 15 representatives from U.S. social movements traveled to Brazil to attend the National Congress of the Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, or MST). The Congress was a celebration of the MST’s thirty-years of struggle, and a debate about its future.

We will have a report back by Bay Area Delegates: Effie Rawlings of Occupy the Farm, Shango Abiola of The Black Riders Liberation Party, and Rebecca Tarlau of Friends of the MST, with insights into the MST’s structure and strategy, and examples of how they’re changing relations to land and labor.


Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm  NOTE TIME CHANGE
Exposing The Anti-Stalin Myths Of Cold War –”Blood Lies” By Grover Furr

We are canceling our usual morning session, since Grover Furr will be speaking in the early afternoon, from 12:30-3:30.

Grover Furr will speak about his latest book, “Blood Lies: The Evidence that Every Accusation against Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union in Timothy Snyder’s ‘Bloodlands’ Is False.” (Red Star Press, 2014)

Timothy Snyder, a full professor of Eastern European history at Yale, has written two dozen articles for leading intellectual journals such as the NY Review of Books. He recently published “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” (N.Y: Basic Books, 2010). This book is by far the most widespread attempt to date to equate Stalin with Hitler, and the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany. It has garnered rave reviews in literally dozens of newspapers and journals; received prizes for historiography; and has been translated into more than 25 languages.

Professor Tim Snyder has little to say about the Nazis. His main target is Stalin, Soviet policy, and communists generally. His broader claim is that the Soviets killed 6 to 9 million innocent civilians while the Nazis were killing about 14 million. Snyder finds parallels between Soviet and Nazi crimes at every turn.

Professor Grover Furr has spent two years methodically checking every single footnote, every reference to anything that could be construed as a crime by Stalin, the USSR, or pro-Soviet communists. Snyder’s main sources are in Polish and Ukrainian, in hard-to-find books and articles. Furr’s conclusion: Every single allegation of Soviet / Stalin “crimes” is false! Soviet History of the Stalin period must be completely rewritten!

He will also share his research on what really happened in: The Famine of 1932-33; the “Polish Operation”; the “Great Terror”; the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; the “Soviet invasion of Poland”; the “Katyn Massacre”; the Warsaw Uprising; and “Stalin’s Anti-Semitism.”

Professor Furr will sell and sign copies of his new book and his previous books “Khrushchev Lied” and The” Murder of Sergei Kirov.”

Grover Furr’s Home Page, with many articles, is at


Sunday, July 27, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Political Situation in India

Our comrade, Raj Sahai, has agreed to give us his analysis of the current situation in his home country.


Sunday, August 3, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The History of Dialectics: Considerations on Franz Fanon

THE HISTORY OF DIALECTICS presents: “The open door of every consciousness.” Considerations on Frantz Fanon. Lew Finzel, Ibrahim Moss, and Ron Kelch will lead off the discussion of this important revolutionary thinker.

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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