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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 2017 event currently scheduled for September 20, 2017 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.


Book Volunteer Submission Form

If you are interested in assisting with Human Library 2017 as a Book,please complete the volunteer submission form in which you will provide a summary of the personal story you plan to share.




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




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Human Library 2017

Wednesday, September 20

9 AM-7 PM

Bone Student Center


Illinois State University

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

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