What We Do

We’re a lending library that puts low-or no-cost books into all hands, native and immigrant, Eastside and West. From street-level booklending to humanities advocacy and partnerships at the highest levels, Libros Schmibros champions the pleasures of literature and its power to change lives. Since our opening in 2010, we’ve put over 12,000 books in circulation in Boyle Heights and beyond.

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Libros Schmibros at the Hammer Book Club – July 20, 2014

This event runs from 1 to 2:30PM at the Hammer Museum, parking is $3.

More information about Hammer Museum, more information about Libros Schmibros at the Hammer Book Club.


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Libros is on Instagram!

Take a look at the great goings on at last year’s 3rd Aniversario, and get ready to come get some books and delicious treats from Guisados at this year’s 4th Aniversario.

August 10th on Mariachi Plaza, see you there!

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Karl Marx!

UnknownJoin us for the Political Philosophy Reading Group on Sunday, July 20, at 5 pm.  Alberto will lead us in discussion of Marx’s view of socialism, including the abolishment of personal property.   See the selection below!

Karl Marx (1818-1883)

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From Economico-Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844


We proceed from an actual economic fact.

The worker becomes all the poorer the more wealth he produces, the more his production increases in power and size. The worker becomes an ever cheaper commodity the more commodities he creates. The devaluation of the world of men is in direct proportion to the increasing value of the world of things. Labor produces not only commodities; it produces itself and the worker as a commodity – and this at the same rate at which it produces commodities in general.

This fact expresses merely that the object which labor produces – labor’s product – confronts it as something alien, as a power independent of the producer. The product of labor is labor which has been embodied in an object, which has become material: it is the objectification of labor. Labor’s realization is its objectification. Under these economic conditions this realization of labor appears as loss of realization for the workers; objectification as loss of the object and bondage to it; appropriation as estrangement, as alienation.

So much does the labor’s realization appear as loss of realization that the worker loses realization to the point of starving to death. So much does objectification appear as loss of the object that the worker is robbed of the objects most necessary not only for his life but for his work. Indeed, labor itself becomes an object which he can obtain only with the greatest effort and with the most irregular interruptions. So much does the appropriation of the object appear as estrangement that the more objects the worker produces the less he can possess and the more he falls under the sway of his product, capital.   Continue reading

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4th Aniversario Celebration – Save the Date!

4th Aniversario flyer

Save the date: August 10th, 2014!  Join us for the 4th Aniversario Celebration at Libros Schmibros on Mariachi Plaza in beautiful, bustling, Boyle Heights!  Take Metro to the Celebration and get a free goody!

Spread the word far and wide!  Please print and share the flyer.

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