MISSION

The Bi Pan Library is a physical archive and online directory of media created by and about bi, pan, and m-spec people. The library seeks to:

  • Increase access to bi, pan, and m-spec media and history.
  • Create resources suited to the needs of bi, pan, and m-spec people.
  • Provide research assistance to students, educators, queer organizations, researchers, journalists, parents, and community-seeking bi, pan, and m-spec people.

Read more about the library’s free services here.

HISTORY

The Bi Pan Library collection was begun privately by Bren Frederick in 2015, born out of a frustration at the lack of history, literature, and arts resources for the bi, pan, and m-spec community, especially disabled and poor community members.

“I am not the only disabled person who feels cut off from queer culture, or the only bi/pan person who was unsure how to connect with their history and community, or the only academic who cannot afford paid access to resources. I personally enjoy all the work that goes into curating the library, but the average queer person should not be forced to put in that much work to find reflections of themselves in the world. The need for access is clear, and we will make it happen.” — Bren Frederick, Bi Pan Library Founder

By 2018, Frederick’s collection included 150 bi/pan books, and she took on a personal challenge of reading exclusively bi/pan books and authors for the entirety of 2019. Mid-challenge, she stumbled across an article by Christina Neuwirth, who also happened to have committed to “reading bisexually” in 2019. After reaching out via email, they quickly became friends and collaborators on the then-private Bi Pan Library research project.

The library’s website and Instagram were finally launched in 2020. The site is currently run by Frederick with assistance from Neuwirth. Read a personal letter from founder Bren Frederick here.

Today the Bi Pan Library holds over 600 books alongside magazines, films, and zines. The collection also includes a selection of pins, flags, shirts, and other ephemera.

We've collected 643 books since 2015

FUNDING

Today the library runs entirely on book and cash donations from the community, and to date most funds for the library’s physical collection have been provided by the founder. You can support the library with a monthly donation via Patreon or a one-time donation via Ko-fi.

LOCATION

The library’s physical collection is kept in private storage in Washington State, USA and materials are currently available for in-person viewing by appointment only (all in-person viewing is currently on hold due to COVID). Our goal is to eventually expand into our own office, or collaborate with a larger queer archive to make our collection available in-person to the general public.

The Bi Pan Library sits on unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people, who have cared for it across generations. Today, the Duwamish people remain unacknowledged by the federal, state, and local governments and do not have just access to their land’s resources. We stand in solidarity with First Peoples of this area by paying monthly rent to Duwamish tribal services, which supports revival of Duwamish culture and wellbeing of the Duwamish Tribe.


MEET THE VOLUNTEERS


Bren Frederick
Founder & Curator, she/her

A disabled bisexual activist and former bookseller, Bren has been studying and collecting bi, pan, and mspec literature since 2015. Bren lives in WA state with her partner, their two children catsand a suffocating number of bookshelves.

Christina Neuwirth
Library Assistant, she/they

Originally from Austria, Christina is a researcher, writer and bookseller based in Scotland. She decided to read only bisexual books in 2019 and hasn’t stopped. Her debut novella Amphibian was published in 2018 by Speculative Books. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner and a big ginger cat.

MISSION

The Bi Pan Library is a physical archive and online directory of media created by and about bi, pan, and m-spec people. The library seeks to:

  • Increase access to bi, pan, and m-spec media and history.
  • Create resources suited to the needs of bi, pan, and m-spec people.
  • Provide research assistance to students, educators, queer organizations, researchers, journalists, parents, and community-seeking bi, pan, and m-spec people.

Read more about the library’s free services here.

HISTORY

The Bi Pan Library collection was begun privately by Bren Frederick in 2015, born out of a frustration at the lack of history, literature, and arts resources for the bi, pan, and m-spec community, especially disabled and poor community members.

“I am not the only disabled person who feels cut off from queer culture, or the only bi/pan person who was unsure how to connect with their history and community, or the only academic who cannot afford paid access to resources. I personally enjoy the work that goes into curating the library, but the average queer person should not be forced to put in that much work to find reflections of themselves in the world. The need for access is clear, and we will make it happen.” — Bren Frederick, Bi Pan Library Founder

By 2018, Frederick’s collection included 150 bi/pan books, and she took on a personal challenge of reading exclusively bi/pan books and authors for the entirety of 2019. Mid-challenge, she stumbled across an article by Christina Neuwirth, who also happened to have committed to “reading bisexually” in 2019. After reaching out via email, they quickly became friends and collaborators on the then-private Bi Pan Library research project.

The library’s website and Instagram were finally launched in 2020. The site is currently run by Frederick with assistance from Neuwirth. Read a personal letter from founder Bren Frederick here.

Today the Bi Pan Library holds over 600 books alongside magazines, films, and zines. The collection also includes a selection of pins, flags, shirts, and other ephemera.

LOCATION

The library’s physical collection is kept in private storage in Washington State, USA and materials are currently available for in-person viewing by appointment only (all in-person viewing is currently on hold due to COVID). Our goal is to eventually expand into our own office, or collaborate with a larger queer archive to make our collection available in-person to the general public.

The Bi Pan Library sits on unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people, who have cared for it across generations. Today, the Duwamish people remain unacknowledged by the federal, state, and local governments and do not have just access to their land’s resources. We stand in solidarity with First Peoples of this area by paying monthly rent to Duwamish tribal services, which supports revival of Duwamish culture and wellbeing of the Duwamish Tribe.


MEET THE VOLUNTEERS


Bren Frederick

Founder & Curator (she/her)

A disabled bisexual activist and former bookseller, Bren has been studying and collecting bi, pan, and other m-spec literature since 2015. Bren lives in WA state with her partner, their two children catsand a suffocating number of bookshelves.

Christina Neuwirth

Library Assistant (she/they)

Originally from Austria, Christina is a researcher, writer and bookseller based in Scotland. She decided to read only bisexual books in 2019 and she hasn’t stopped. Her debut novella Amphibian was published in 2018 by Speculative Books. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner and a big ginger cat.


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