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

Now open Tuesdays!
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday to Friday:
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday:
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(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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