The store will be closed on Thursday, November 27th for the National Day of Mourning. But we’ll be open and celebrating Buy Nothing Day on Friday. You can’t buy anything, but you can hang out, play games, read books, make friends, and imagine a better world!

4812 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-687-4323 (412-OUR-HEAD)

Now open Mondays!
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wed. to Fri.: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat. and Sun.: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays
(See Events for after hours activities.)

The Big Idea has been a cooperative radical bookstore since 2001. We utilize a directly democratic, anarchist model. We strive to provide literature that is multicultural, women-positive, queer-positive, class-conscious, anti-militaristic, and that promotes a sustainable world and community. We also hope to serve our community by providing a safe space for all individuals to explore radical and alternative ideas. We are a cooperatively owned and operated, not-for-profit, non-capitalist establishment.

The Big Idea carries hundreds of new books, hundreds of used books, and more pins, patches, stickers, notebooks, greeting cards, and zines than you can shake a stick at. We also offer café seating and free Wi-Fi.

We now have a library of books and dvds!

Stop in to see what all the buzz is about!

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  1. Hi, I’m a 24 year old female who just moved to Lawrenceville. I have my masters degree in library science, and I also have an interest in opening my own bookstore someday. I was just wondering if you have any full-time positions available? Thank you so much. I look forward to hearing from you.


    • hi nicky, thanks for contacting us! please take a look at our about section – specifically the section about co-op membership and being worker owned. if you are still interested, and we hope you are, then get in touch with us via email!

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