Welcome to the Civic Media Center


If you have realized that the news you get from the mainstream media isn't really comprehensive or even truthful, and that a lot of news and views are filtered out of mainstream media outlets, libraries, and thus, public debate, then you've found a home. We are one of the few alternative libraries in the U.S.

We carry over fifteen thousand books, journals, zines, videos and audio recordings, newspapers and magazines by independent, non-corporate media on a wide variety of subjects. The CMC is an independent non-profit organization supported by memberships and donations, and the hard work of many volunteers.

Numerous progressive and radical community groups in Gainesville, Florida use the Center as a meeting place and venue for events, and make regular donations as well.We are located at 433 S. Main St., in Gainesville, FL.


Some more information about us

Our Mission

The Civic Media Center & Library, Inc., founded in October of 1993, is an alternative library, reading room, and infoshop. The Civic Media Center is a community-based non-profit organization that serves as a resource for progressive grassroots activism and promotes public awareness in Alachua County and North Central Florida. Our mission is to provide community access to information and points of view that are under-reported or distorted in mainstream media. The CMC offers a public-access library, educational lectures, cultural performances, media presentations, and community-driven events.  We actively collaborate with other progressive community-based initiatives and non-profit organizations.

Our Library

The CMC's issue-oriented collection is large and diverse: several thousand books, periodicals, zines, and hundreds of CDs and DVDs. View a complete list of items here. Many of our books are also listed in the Alachua County Library District's on-line catalog. The Center also has public computers with Internet access and a free wireless connection. Your CMC membership allows you to check out materials, and provides the CMC's base of funding. Memberships are available for $10-$50 per year. Books from our collection may be checked out for a month at a time and DVDs for two weeks.


The CMC provides a place for meetings and events for groups that are working for social justice. The Center has hosted groups such as Free University, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), The Fine Print, Veterans for Peace and others. Check out our searchable list of community groups here.

The Center is a vital resource for activists, who use materials at the CMC that aren't available anywhere else. The Center also helps support a related not-for-profit project:  WGOT-LP 94.7FM a low-power community radio station.


The CMC connects the community to a large collection of alternative materials, as well as people, organizations, and events. We host "first-hand history" discussions, progressive speakers, film screenings, concerts, and other events. Check out our upcoming events. As a resource and community space, the Civic Media Center is what we make it, together as a community. Our mission is supported with donations, memberships, and the hard work of volunteers.

Stetson Kennedy Library

Stetson Kennedy donated his personal library to the CMC in Spring 2009. The collection assembled by the author/activist /folklorist reflects issues he has addressed throughout his life: human rights, social justice, democracy, self-determination, and peace. Kennedy said, "I have spent my entire life working with such grassroots organizations as the Civic Media Center, so it seems appropriate for my library to go to the CMC."

We are honored to host this important collection and make it available to the public for perusal and to our members for checkout.