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, October 19, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
School Is the Opposite of Education

School reform is written and talked about very frequently in the media. People are supposed to think satisfactory alternatives to the zombie reforms – reforms that were worthless, that died, as it were, after being punched to death, those deceptive, ineffectual modes – not different actually, from the previous mode; being done again and again, repeatedly, over and over, called by different names, Common Core, for one –that those are alternatives; that those – any of them – will at all repair the damage that is school. As workers on the Left can we describe the study teach learn process/es that are good for us, that do not reinstate our oppressors’ structure as we try to release ourselves from THEIR confinement of us? Our discussion of education will be led by Norma Harrison, a candidate for the Berkeley Board of Education and a member of the State Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party

Sunday, October 26, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
South Africa: 20 Years Post Apartheid

Twenty years after the first election of a black majority government, neoliberalism continues to reproduce the apartheid legacy that makes South Africa the most economically unequal country in the world. Meanwhile, unprecedented strikes and new militancy in the labor movement begin to challenge the Tripartite government.
Dr. Sharat G. Lin is a research fellow at the San José Peace and Justice Center. He writes on global political economy and labor migration. He just returned from a fact-finding trip to South Africa. To provide background, he will show the following film during the week before his talk.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 7 to 9 pm
“Miners Shot Down” (Film on South Africa 2014 – 85 minutes) 

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Methodically and soberly, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, chronicling the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low- paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government, and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. Miners Shot Down is undoubtedly one of the most important and damning documentaries to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa. 2014 85 minutes

Sharat G. Lin, a research fellow at the San José Peace and Justice Center who just returned from South Africa, will lead discussion.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Class Struggle in Capitalist Society

Time to get together, talk about the future of ICSS, discuss our mission, and plan the schedule for our Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library forums as well consider study groups and other activities. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Newcomers and Old Timers Welcome.


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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