Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange


The Lavender Library collects, maintains, preserves, and circulates materials to patrons in a safe and friendly environment. The library promotes the understanding to sexual diversity, and collects and preserves the community's history, writing, and memorabilia, by documenting for future generations the people, places, and events of Sacramento through its archival program.

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Address: 1414 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Christopher Kent
Contact Email: lavenderlibrary4us@gmail.com
Primary Phone: 916-492-0558
Website: http://lavenderlibrary.com
The Lavender Library is a lending library and archive housing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) books and magazines, various media, and archival materials. It is an integral part of the Sacramento cultural community and it is open to the general public. The Lavender Library serves patrons in the greater Sacramento Valley and Northern California. It is a 501 (c)(3) Independent California nonprofit public-benefit corporation. It is a designated United Way recipient agency.
LLACE needs unrestricted funding for any and all programs, and organizationally is wary of accepting restricted funding sources and only chooses to do so on a case-by-case basis only when funding restrictions do not conflict with our organizational values. Unrestricted funds are spent on facilities and archival costs, purchases for the lending library, processing donations for the archive, and holding public events that serve the dual urposes of education and building community.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - LLACE needs unrestricted funding for any and all programs, and organizationally is wary of accepting restricted funding sources and only chooses to do so on a case-by-case basis only when funding restrictions do not conflict with our organizational values. Unrestricted funds are spent on facilities and archival costs, purchases for the lending library, processing donations for the archive, and holding public events that serve the dual urposes of education and building community.
  2. Funding: Other - LLACE needs unrestricted funding for any and all programs, and organizationally is wary of accepting restricted funding sources and only chooses to do so on a case-by-case basis only when funding restrictions do not conflict with our organizational values. However, some restricted funds will be sought after and/or accepted, pending analysis of how well the funding restrictions overlap our organizational values.
  3. Space: Office or Other - LLACE could very much use a benevolent property-owning donor who will give us free and/or well-below-market rent for additional archival and/or office space.
  4. Technology - LLACE could very much use donated recent-vintage computing equipment, preferably of the Apple/iOS type.
  5. Funding: Program - LLACE could use well curated restricted funding for our Queer Crafternoon program, which would allow the program to expand as well as purchase desperately needed art supplies to supplement the worn down art supplies donated by patrons.
"The Lavender Library Board of Directors is committed to social justice values, intersectional frameworks, and radical inclusivity in our service of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, nonbinary, and related communities, as well as all other oppressed peoples."- Christopher Kent, Board President, Lavender Library and Cultural Archives of Sacramento