The Human Library

The Human Library is a learning platform where people are published as open books. It provides an opportunity to challenge stigma and stereotypes, a chance to unjudge someone, and a safe space to ask questions about difficult issues.

Join members of the community in the launch of the Human Library at the Collins Library. You will have the chance to "check out" a human book and engage in conversation. The Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and participants in the event can ‘read’ the book—meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are people who have volunteered to share their experiences centered around discrimination and/or want to break down barriers based on race, religion, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life.

The Human Library provides an opportunity for the University community to share and understand the experiences of others. Drop by anytime between the hours of the library and take time to check out a book. This project is sponsored by the Collins Library, Race & Pedagogy Institute, and the Department of English.

Retired Associate Director Lori Ricigliano is the project coordinator and may be contacted at:

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