Human Library

What is the Human Library?

The Human Library is a non-profit organization that began with its first event in Denmark in 2000. It has established itself as a global learning platform with an initiative to create safe spaces for dialogue between human Books and their readers. The conversations between Books and readers can not only help challenge prejudices and stereotypes but also contribute more broadly to greater cohesion across social, ethnic, and religious divisions.

How does it work?

During a Human Library event, readers will see a variety of available Book titles and will be able to select one to “borrow” for a 20-minute reading slot. Readers and Books will then have a one-on-one (or, a group of no more than three readers) conversation where Books will introduce themselves and readers will then have the opportunity to ask questions.

Be a Book!

Become part of the Human Library! Our “bookshelf” of volunteers with diverse personal experiences are here to challenge stereotypes, dispel misconceptions, and answer questions. We are looking for local volunteers who are comfortable sharing their stories in-person with small groups of people and who are motivated to diversify views about the group in the community they represent on the bookshelf.

Apply today