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Human Library

'Human Library - Unjudge someone' with illustrated book figure

Join us at our upcoming Human Library on Wednesday 17th November 2021, 3pm-6pm.

This event is open to all members of the public, as well as students and staff at University of Warwick.

Sign up as a Human Book or as a Reader!

The University of Warwick Library regularly runs Human Library events. These were originally face-to-face events but since lockdown we have run sessions virtually as well. So far we have run 5 Human Library events, some of which have been in-person and some online.

What is the Human Library?

The Human Library aims to establish a positive framework and safe space for dialogue between readers and a Human Book. The concept is based on personal conversation rather than a presentation or lecture. It is not just a story, it’s an engagement and interaction, a Q&A from a lived perspective.

Why the Human Library?

The Human Library is a unique opportunity to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. By attending, you will have the opportunity to engage in open, honest, and respectful conversation with Human Books and learn about the life experience of others.

The Human Library helps to overcome stigma, combat prejudice, dismantle stereotypes, inform ignorance, clarify misconceptions, debunk myths, end discrimination, and challenge negative attitudes through conversations with Human Books.

Why become a Human Book?

Do you defy a stereotype? Are you like an open book and willing to talk to others to help challenge stigma and stereotyping? Then why not apply to become a Human Book and share your experiences with others in our University of Warwick Human Library event!

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Human Library events at Warwick, email humanlibrary at warwick dot ac dot uk.

What books might I find in the Human Library?

So far we have run 5 Human Library events where we have hosted over 30 books and attracted over 60 readers who have enjoyed over 100 readings in all. Books cover topics such as Christian, Chinese, Gay, Police Officer, Anxiety, Disabled and much more...the list is as wide and varied as our community. Books also cover intersectionality (although you may not know this when you first read a book but it may become apparent in your reading). If you want to find out what it is like to be mixed race and Christian or someone with anxiety who is transgender join us for one of our Human Library events.

Want to find out more?

Our video explains how the Human Library works in a bit more detail. participants' feedback (below) our blog posts (on The Study Blog and PhD Life Blog) give further perspectives.

Human Library book tag cloud

Book titles at March 2019 Human Library event

Participants at March 2019 Human Library event

Here's what some of our Human Books have said...

“I am so thankful to my readers and to you guys. Thank you for inspiring me, thank you for changing my life. Let's do it next year in the Library …”

“I loved it! Well done everyone”

"I found the whole event empowering, inspiring and really enjoyable"

"I would love love love to do this again - I really hope you can put it on again soon! It was such a positive experience"

Here's what some of our readers have said...

“I think it is a brilliant concept...”

“... you should organise an event like that more often, as we can come here and learn new things from people and become more open-minded..."

“...extremely thought-provoking...”

“Please repeat it, it was an amazing experience!”