What is a Human Library?
The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach.
“The Human Library works exactly like a normal library; readers come and borrow a Book for a limited period of time. The only difference; the Books in the Human Library are living, (human beings) and the Books and readers enter into a personal dialogue. The Books in the Human Library are people representing groups frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes, and are often victims of discrimination or social exclusion. A Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation. In the Human Library, Books cannot only speak, but they are able to reply to the readers’ questions and can ask questions themselves.” (Human Library Organizers Guide)
Human Library at Illinois State University Mission
We are offering an intentional and interactive learning experience to assist students in developing awareness of and appreciation of difference with intentions of reducing prejudice.
Students enrolled in the LinC Seminar, Success 101, and Transfer Student Seminar courses will be Readers of the Human Library Books. Readers will check out a Human Book for a 30 minute group conversation during which they can listen, learn and ask questions with YOU!
Our steering committee consists of ten staff members across campus who are responsible for the planning and implementation of Human Library ISU.
Human Library ISU in the News
How you can be involved in the Human Library Experience:
Be a Human Library Book
Volunteer at the Human Library Event
LinC, Success 101 and Transfer Student Seminar information page
Wednesday, September 20
9 AM-7 PM
Bone Student Center
For questions about the Human Library program, email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org