12 noon – 4pm

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.


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 represents 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.

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!


Human Library is happening in The Kitchen at Storyhouse on Saturday 30 November 2019. To be a ‘book’ you will need to be available from 11am-4pm, however time will be given for breaks.

We will be holding sessions for individuals who would like to get involved as a ‘book’. The training date which all new ‘books’ must attend will take place on Thursday 21 November 5.30pm – 7pm.

If you cannot make this time, please get in touch with Nicola Haigh on nicola@storyhouse.com or call her to discuss the role on 01244 730 520.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the form below:

Human Library


Approx 240 mins

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