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What is a Human Library?

“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!


How you can be involved in the Human Library Experience:


book Be a Human Library Book

book Volunteer at the Human Library Event

book LinC, Success 101 and Transfer Student Seminar information page


Human Library ISU in the News

Pantagraph article, September 2016

ISU Media Relations, May 2016

Pantagraph article, June 2016

WGLT article, June 2016

The 21st Show, June 2016

ISU Media Relations, July 2015

Commitment to Diversity Award Winners, April 2015

Stateside article, October 2014










Human Library 2017

Wednesday, September 20

9 AM-7 PM

Bone Student Center


For questions about the Human Library program, email the committee at

Illinois State University

University College
Normal, Il 61790-4060
Phone: (309) 438-3217

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