Portal Bookshop, 5 Patrick Pool

Opened by Lali Hewitson in 2019, and sharing the space with the Over the Rainbow Café in 2022, in many ways Portal has filled the gap left behind by the closure of queer bookshop Libertas! on Gillygate.

Portal started as a book stall at Knavesmire during York Pride before gaining their own venue. Beyond their range of queer fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, Portal also stocks merchandise in the form of art, jewellery, pins, and flags made by local artists. Their window often contains leaflets about local events, and they also run a sci-fi fantasy online book club.


The space is open to private bookings for events and groups, and Portal as a whole is also dedicated to initiatives of Queer Resistance.