Covid-19 has sidelined this aspirational project for the time being. I am, however, still adding to the collection and when we get this damn pandemic under control perhaps I’ll be able to get it out of my basement in 2021.
The aim of this project is to collect historical, important and not-so-important works on trans issues and people. I am interested in acquiring even transphobic titles. If you have a collection of trans books or periodicals gathering dust in your basement that you would consider deaccessioning (that’s a respectful term for “getting rid of”), please get in touch with me.
I would like eventually to find a location where I can make the collection available and that would also serve as a safe space for trans folks to visit and meet. How we use that space above that basic goal would be up to the community, but I believe it would be beneficial if we had a physical presence in the city.
A library is more than just a place for learning. It is a community builder. “Destroying a culture’s books is sentencing it to something worse than death: it is sentencing it to seem as if it never lived.” (From The Library Book, by Susan Orlean.)
Here is the catalogue to the Ottawa Trans Library. Click on ‘Database A-Z’ to browse through everything I’ve added so far. Articles are included in the title, so a book that begins with “The” will be under the letter T. “Top Collections” are the 100 most borrowed items (irrelevant now as I haven’t loaned anything yet.) The 100 most recently added titles are under “New Collections”.
Before the collection had a proper catalogue, I listed the titles on this website. As of February 2021, I have stopped adding to these lists, but will retain them on the site for the time being.