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Human Library Student Page


Did you miss the deadline to sign up for Human Library?

If you have not reserved your two Human Library “books” at this time, you should come to the Brown Ballroom in the Bone Student Center on Wednesday, September 21st and request available options for Drop-in Book Sessions. You will need to bring your University ID card and know your instructor’s name and course name.

a. Come early in the day (check-in opens at 8:00 am) to schedule a session for later OR

b. You can show up and determine what the next available books are, and then participate.

c. Either option A or B will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

d. Please recognize that the check-in procedure, wait times, and availability will be different as a drop-in.


Book Cancellations and Updates

  • 9:45, Barb (Sunny Rainbows Despite the Storms)
    • If you were signed up for this Book, you have recieved a cancellation email from Bookeo and will recieve further instructions via a phone call.
  • 11:15, Alvin (A Child of Holocaust Survivors)
    • If you were signed up for this Book, you have recieved a cancellation email from Bookeo and will recieve further instructions via a phone call.
  • 4:00 PM, Craig (Creation of an Accidential Eating Disorder..)
    • Topic Change
    • The 4 PM session for this Book has changed to the topic of Living with Austism (see summary below)
    • My name is Craig and I'm the father of a 10 year old son, Cooper, who has autism. Before his diagnosis, my life was in cruise control. I wasn't paying much attention to life and I wasn't putting much effort into anything. Once we suspected that Cooper might have autism, I realized that my life was going to have to change. It's been a very hard and yet rewarding journey. I'd like to share my story from my standpoint and I'd like for my son to share his story from his standpoint.
  • 4:45 PM, Aaron (Living with a Malformed Brain)
    • Change in Book Topic
    • The 4:45 PM Book session for Aaron has been changed to Amanda (see summary below)
    • When I was 19 months old I suffered an eye injury at the hands of my mother. I was placed into foster care for 19 years. This story really begins and ends with the dialogue I had with my injured eye. An eye that was said to have one in ten chances of retaining sight remained whole. It is my inner strength.
    • Students signed up for Aaron's 4:45 Book will automatically be placed into Amanda's 4:45 Book session, no additional action needs to be taken.

Human Library Check in Procedures

On Wednesday, September 21st,

  • Students will check in on the 1st floor of the Bone Student Center in the concourse area.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your first scheduled session.

Check Out Procedures

  • After the last Book session, students will check out of the Human Library by completing a program evaluation in the Brown Ballroom.


Human Library Reader Rules

In participating in the Human Library, you agree to adhere to the rules of the Human Library.

  • Remember that Books are courageous human volunteers.
  • Return Books to us in the same condition they were at the time of check-out.
  • Be open. Resist making assumptions.
  • Ask questions, when prompted.
  • Follow the Book's requests

Prepare yourself to learn from the Human Library in the following ways:

  • Seek new knowledge or understanding about identities different than your own.
  • Demonstrate respect in verbal and non-verbal communications when listening to stories.
  • Practice listening, not hearing or defending, when presented with different viewpoints or identities.





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

Illinois State University

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

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