The Human Library Project
Courageous conversations between books and their borrowers.
The Human Library Project is an international equalities movement that seeks to challenge prejudice and discrimination using the power of conversation. It connects communities and is gathering momentum across the world. There is now a Human Library in over 70 places including the US, China, Europe and the UK.
Human Libraries promote tolerance, celebrate differences, and encourage a better understanding of people who come from varied cultural or lifestyle backgrounds. The initiative offers an important space for challenging implicit attitudes and unconscious bias.
Whether staff or student, the only qualification for participation is that you must be a human being!
How it works
In a library setting, participants ‘take out’ a self-titled human ‘book’ for up to 30 minutes of respectful and courageous conversation about their experiences of prejudice, bias, stereotype, stigma or discrimination.
Participants choose whether to be a ‘book’ or ‘borrower’, and are briefed on their role in the Human Library by the organiser. For ‘books’, making the book title is a creative and reflective process and serves as a trigger for conversation with the human ‘borrower’.
Afterwards, participants are invited to evaluate their experience.
Black History Month
When: 18 October 2017
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Where: Marylebone Campus Library
Disability Awareness Day
When: 2 November 2017
Time: 11am – 1pm
Where: Cavendish Campus Library
International Women’s Day
When: 8 March 2018
Time: to be confirmed
Where: to be confirmed