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What is a Human Library?

The Human Library works just like a regular library: visitors can browse the catalog for available books, select one they're interested in reading, and check it out! The only difference is that, in the Human Library, "books" are people and "reading" consists of having a conversation. 

People of all different backgrounds and experiences volunteer to be books, each with a story to share. Sometimes, two or three people might join together to form a two- or three- volume set, all prepared to talk about the same topic.  Readers can check out a human book or book set for a period of 20 minutes, during which time they can ask questions, start an informal conversation, or simply listen to the book's personal experiences. This interaction aims to challenge readers' assumptions and prejudices by allowing them to discover the story underneath someone else's surface.

Choose a book, sit down, and start talking!

Here's how it works:

  • Browse our Human Book descriptions and choose a story that sparks your curiosity.
  • Reserve your desired book ahead of time or simply drop in any time during the event to see what's available.
  • Meet your book in the Apse (back of main floor), enjoy a snack, sit and talk for up to 20 minutes.
  • Let us know your comments or suggestions about the event by filling out our optional survey.

Reserve a Book

Want to make sure a book is available?

CLICK HERE to sign up to reserve a book or book set. 


March 27, 2019

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Engagement and Musselman Library. If you have questions, please contact:

Natalie Hinton, Director of User Services at Musselman Library

Darrien Davenport, Executive Director of Multicultural Engagement

Human Library