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Human Library

'Human Library - Unjudge someone' with illustrated book figure

The University of Warwick's latest Human Library event was held online on 4th March 2021 - check back here to find out when the next one will be!

Are you interested in reading a 'human book' and finding out about the life experiences of others?

We have previously run three Human Library events in the Postgrad Hub and the Teaching Grid, with over 50 book titles for students and staff to choose from, and over 100 readings.

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.

This event is open to all Warwick University students and staff.

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 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 you should 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 organisation and its events, email humanlibrary at warwick dot ac dot uk.

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!”