The Book Café was founded in 1982 as part of UFFA. UFFA is politically active and predominantly anarchist in view. They oppose racism, homophobia, sexual discrimination and capitalism. UFFA has, among other things, participated in anti-racist demonstrations and demonstrations against the NATO summit in Åre.  The book café previously had a branch at the UFFA house, as well as on Svartlamon, but after the UFFA house burned down in 2010 all activity was moved to Svartlamon.