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, April 20, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Class Struggles of the Portuguese Revolution: A View Through Graphic Art

On the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, Sharat G. Lin takes a look at the explosion of political activism and party formation triggered by overthrow of the dictatorship of Marcelo Caetano on April 25, 1974 by disaffected mid-level army officers.  The nonviolent mutiny not only opened the way for free elections and ended Portuguese colonialism in Africa and Timor, but at its peak actually effected the nationalization, land reforms, collectivization, and worker takeovers of as much as 80 per cent of the productive capacity of the country.  This period of epic upheaval and gradual undoing is viewed through the graphic art of the Processo Revolucionário Em Curso (PREC) or Ongoing Revolutionary Process.

Dr. Sharat G. Lin writes on global political economy, the Middle East, South Asia, labor migration, and public health.  He is a contributing author to the book Studies in Inequality and Social Justice.   He spent two months in Tahrir Square during 2009-2012, including during the initial uprising that overthrew President Mubarak.   He is a research fellow at the San José Peace and Justice Center.


Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Struggle for Prisoners’ Rights

The hunger strikes by prisoners in the Pelican Bay SHU and elsewhere have highlighted the human rights nightmare inside America’s prisons. Urszula Wislanka, supporter of the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike, will speak on the prisoner’s fight to hold onto their humanity in the midst of the most inhuman environment yet designed. Glenn Turner, a Spiritual Advisor to California prisoners, will add her perspective on how prisoners respond to the abusive treatment inside.


Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Part three of a Three Part Series Revisiting Lenin:: “What happens after the revolution: from the 1920-21 Trade Union Debate to Lenin’s death in 1924″.

This series, led by a non-Leninist Marxist-Humanist, Ron Kelch, aims to challenge some of the caricatures of Lenin coming in different ways from both Marxists and anarchists. The first session covered Lenin’s stark reorganization under the impact of the 1905 revolution in Russia. The second how his break with his philosophic past, after the outbreak of World War One and the collapse of the Second International, impacted his participation in the 1917 Revolution. Part three examines what we can learn from Lenin’s struggles and limitations after the revolution.

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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