Put simply, there is no Human Library without Human Books.
A conversation at the Human Library is an interactive experience that engages two people - a Human Book and a Reader. It is a conversation you may never normally have.
Crucially, that conversation is only made possible because volunteer Human Books have given another person their permission to ask them questions about their life, and to talk openly about prejudice, stereotype and discrimination.
What is a Human Book?
A Human Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice and stereotype through respectful conversation with members of the public who borrow them.
Volunteer Human Books are the people who ultimately determine the success of the Human Library. Their Organiser will help them choose a Book title that relates to their experience of prejudice, stereotype or stigma.
Who can be a Human Book?
Although the role of the Book might appear to be similar to storytelling, it is important to state that Human Books are not storytellers. The Human Library encourages active and engaging conversations, rather than storytelling. It is possible that Books will ask the first questions. This could be as simple as 'why did you choose me?' or 'what did you expect me to look like?'
Because the Human Library aims to challenge prejudice and discrimination, not everyone can be a Human Book. Human Books are people who have experienced prejudice due to issues such as race, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, gender identity, religion/belief, lifestyle choices, or other aspects who they are.
How do you become a Human Book?
If you are interested in becoming a Human Book we will do everything we can to find opportunities for you to volunteer. The first thing to do is to register as a Book. Once you have sent us your details we will put you in touch with an Organiser near you.
To read more about people in the Human Library click here
What do the Books say?
To find out how to volunteer as a Human Book click here
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