Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative


Rainbow is Madison’s cooperatively owned and collectively managed bookstore that provides books and resources which challenge the status quo. Founded by a dedicated group of volunteers in 1989, we are a community resource center for activists, scholars, and engaged citizens as well as books lovers of all sorts.

The cooperative is owned by its consumer members, and is currently staffed by several dozen volunteers and two paid staff.  Our collective management style serves as a model for a democratically controlled economy, in opposition to private profit at the expense of community.  


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