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Human Library Book Page

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Who can be a Book?

Anyone with a story of perseverance, discrimination or adversity that they would like to share with first year students at Illinois State. Members of the University community (faculty, staff, students) and community members are welcome to participate as Books in the Human Library. We believe that everyone has a story and encourage you to be willing to share yours. Any topic is welcome.


Requirements of being a Human Library Book

  1. Books should have availability during the 2016 event currently scheduled for September 21, 2016 from 9AM to 7PM. We ask each Book to commit at least one hour for the event which would be 2 sessions. (All sessions will be held in the Brown Ballroom)
  2. Be willing to share a personal life story with a group of first-year students.
  3. Be able to communicate with students without judgement. Participate in an open discourse and create and maintain a respectful, safe environment that encourages dialogue.
  4. Attend a mandatory Book orientation prior to the event to meet other books and get your questions answered about being a Book volunteer.
  5. Help us to continue the event by providing feedback on your experience after the event.


Step 1: Submit a summary to be a Human Library Book

Human Library Summary Submission

Priority Submission Deadline: August 1st

Final Deadline: August 15th

The deadlines are set and finalized as listed above in an effort to allow our students and instructors adequate time to prepare for the Human Library.


Tips to complete the Book Summary

If you have questions or need assistance completing the above Book Summary, please email us, we're happy to help!

You may also read the summaries of our 2015 Books in the Table of Contents for students.

Tips and Advice for First Time Human Library Books

Three of our "First Edition" Books, volunteers who participated in the 2014 Human Library shared some of their experiences with us and we compiled them for those who are new at being a Book this year. The contact information for each of them is also provided in this handy guide.


Step 2: Sign up for your Book sessions

After submitting your Human Library summary, you may submit your availability to participate with Human Library. We ask that each Book committs at least one hour which is two group sessions. You are welcome to signup for as many sessions that work for your schedule.

The 2016 Human Library availability form will open August 1st.


Step 3: Attend a Human Library Orientation

Book orientations are designed to share event logistics, discuss your role and answer any questions you have. These orientations are required for all NEW Human Library Books. Orientation is optional for previous Human Library Books.

2016 Scheduled Orientations

RSVP here

Tues. June 21: 12-1 PM & 5-6 PM, Schroeder Hall room 244

Thur. July 14: 12-1 PM & 5-6 PM, Schroeder Hall room 244

Mon. Aug 29: 12-1 PM & 6-7 PM, Schroeder Hall room 244




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Human Library 2016

Wednesday, September 21

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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