While we are in transition and searching for a stable home base, we will continue to produce events with some of our neighborhood partners.

The AltLib Popup Series will present roving events to continue supporting expansive art projects and dig deep for uncommon cultural exchanges. If you’re interested in setting up a show with us, please read our booking page and send us an e-mail.

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AltLib – New Home Fundraiser Launch

November 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

We cordially invite you to join us for an evening in honor and support of the Alternative Library: to celebrate its past incarnation and to help create and dream its potential future! The AltLib’s New Home Fundraiser is a silent auction celebrating community connection, featuring:
— Art from locals and friends
— Merchandise from downtown businesses + nonprofits
— Hometown beer & wine
— Performances from Lori Goldston and the Bellingham Repertory Dance

Doors at 7:30pm; Performances at 8:00pm
$10-20 sliding scale suggested donation

Performances from:
Lori Goldston: Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre, discipline, time and geography, performing in clubs, cafes, galleries, arenas, concert halls, sheds, ceremonies, barbecues, and stadiums.

Bellingham Repertory DanceWith highly accomplished performers and top choreographers, BRD is a nonprofit collective committed to bringing vibrant contemporary dance to our Bellingham community. The founding mission of BRD was to create continuing opportunities for the community’s most accomplished dancers to perform sophisticated professional dance works by established and emerging choreographers. Additionally, BRD provides educational opportunities by offering weekly dance technique classes, quarterly master classes with guest artists, annual youth outreach programs, the 7-Day Dance Festival, and rehearsals open for public viewing.

Donations from:
TBD — more info coming soon!

Why are we fundraising?
After receiving sudden and unexpected notice from our landlord that we must vacate the historic church — our home for the last 3 years — by the December 20th, we are in urgent need of finding a new home!

To ensure the Alternative Library is housed and able to continue fostering diverse perspectives and connections, we now ask for support from our community — from you!

We’re looking to raise $25,000 to help with our move. By participating in our fundraiser, you’ll be helping us with:
1. The immediate demand of relocating (short-term rental)
2. Expanding our operation to develop a community print/publication studio
3. The long-term search for a permanent home (including making a down)

With enough community support, we’ll be able buy a home of our own, enabling us to spend our time and energy building a stable community space that cultivates creativity, connection and collaboration.

As a small volunteer-run non-profit that works tirelessly to provide the most for our community, we need the support of our entire community to take us to the next level! While we’ve occupied various spaces, emerging in diverse incarnations, our volunteers, members, and artists continually bring life and soul to our community, and we’d be nothing without y’all!

If you’d like to support the AltLib but are unable to attend our New Home Fundraiser, check out our GoFundMe:

RSVP and more info here:


November 30, 2019
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm