The Human Library aims to break down stereotypes and ‘unlabel’ the labels that we put on people through a ‘library’ – each ‘book’ is a person, and the title of the book is the label they have been given (‘autistic’, ‘queer’, ‘depressed’, for example). A reader will drop in and choose a ‘book’, and then chat with that person about their label, ask questions, learn and discover the human being behind the label.

Drop in between 11am-3pm on Saturday 26 January to visit the Human Library at Storyhouse.

Who started the Human Library™?
The Human Library is a concept created by the Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents. It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination. The Human Library™ aims to establish a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan. It was developed to challenge societal prejudices wherever and for whatever reasons they occur, and to help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities.

Want to get involved?

A Human Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation with members of the public, who ‘borrow’ them. They will have a title that relates to their experience of prejudice and/or discrimination. The borrowing will happen indoors in Storyhouse and each Reader can borrow a book for up to 20 Minutes.

Human Library is happening in The Kitchen at Storyhouse in January on Saturday 26 January 2019.
You will need to be available from 11am-4pm, however time will be given for breaks.

What does it take to be a Human Book?
We’re looking for people who have experienced prejudice due to issues such as race, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, gender identity, job, class, religion/belief, lifestyle choices or other aspects of who they are. The title they choose must directly reflect this in order to challenge the Reader to reflect on the stigmatisation that occurs. This could be anything – ‘depressive’, ‘vegan’, ‘Remainer’, ‘old person’, ‘disabled’ ‘police’, or any other!

We will be holding another session for individuals who would like to get involved on Friday 18 December. If you’d like to take part, please email

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