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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.


The deadline to participate in Human Library 2016 as a Book has passed.

If you are interested in assisting with Human Library 2017 as a Book, let us know!


Orientation Sessions

If you are a 2016 Book Volunteer and have not yet completed an orientation session, please email the Human Library Committee to schedule a orientation session.


Review the Book Orientation Guide

This handy guide will provide all of our Book volunteers with information for the day of Human Library (check in, parking, etc.). Check it out here!




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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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