The story of the Human Library really begins in 1993, when five teenagers - Dany Anbergel, Asma Mouna, Christoffer Erichsen, Thomas Bertelsen and Ronni Abergel created a Youth NGO called Stop the Violence.


Sadly, their inspiration to form Stop the Violence was motivated by the brutal stabbing of a mutual friend in Copenhagen, and their desire to do address youth violence and create a positive image of young people. By 2000, Stop the Violence had over 30,000 members across Denmark.


That very year Leif Stov, the Director of the Roskilde Festival, asked Stop the Violence to create activities that would challenge prejudice, encourage dialogue and build positive relationships between festival-goers. 


Their response was to organise a 'library' where different sub-cultures and youth groups could borrow each other. The first ever Human Library featured a record 75 Human Books representing different cultures, ehnicities, identites and beliefs, and willing to share their experience with others. Ans so the Human Library was born...


The Human Library is now active in more than 60 countries worldwide. In 2008 Ronni Abergel founded the Human Library Organisation in Copenhagen, which promotes and develops around the world.


Also in 2008 the Human Library launched in the UK, which has since become one of the most active countries with more organisers than any other country. 





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