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YIMBY Library

Welcome to the YIMBY Library!

Here you'll find books, podcasts, videos, films, documentaries, articles and websites to help you build your YIMBY brain and inspire your mind.

Where possible, we've made sure that links are shareable and sustainable. Some books are just meant to end up in your bookshelf at home, but many libraries will have them readily available for you and the rest of the community to share!


  • Jess Scully, Glimpses of Utopia: Real Ideas for a Fairer World

  • Edward Glaeser, The Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

  • Mariana Mazzucato, The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

  • David Graeber, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

  • Ed Mayo, A short history of co-operation and mutuality

  • Hugh Barton, City of well-being: a radical guide to planning

  • Leen Gorissen with Erika Meynaerts, Change the world city by city: a change maker's guide to fast forward sustainability

  • Seamus O’Hanlon, City life: the new urban Australia

  • Charles Montgomery, Happy City: transforming our lives through urban design

  • Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow, Streetfight: handbook for an urban revolution

  • Jane Jacobs, The death and life of great American cities

  • Richard J Williams, Why cities look the way they do

  • Davina Jackson, Australian Architecture: A history

  • Julie Janson, Benevolence

  • Vanessa Berry, Mirror Sydney: an atlas of reflection

  • Catriona Menzies-Pike and Luke Carman, Second City - Essasys from Western Sydney edited

  • Christiana Figueres and Tom Robert-Carnac, The Future We Choose: surviving the climate crisis

  • Peter Frase, Four Futures

  • Naomi Klein, On Fire: the case for the New Green Deal

  • Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?

  • Mariana Mazzucato, The Entrepreneurial State

  • Peter Mares, No Place Like Home

  • John McDonnell (ed), Economics for the Many

  • Bruce Pascoe, Dark Emu

  • Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics

  • David Van Reybrouck, Against Elections: The Case for Democracy

  • Claire O'Rourke, Together We Can: Everyday Australians Doing Amazing Things to Give Our Planet a Future

  • Ross Ganault, The Superpower Transformation: Building Australia's Zero-Carbon Future

  • Jeff Speck, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

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