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Human Library: Unjudge Someone

What is a Human Library?

Human Library Logo Unjudge Someone

The Human Library® is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people. We host events where readers can borrow human beings serving as open books and have conversations they would not normally have access to. Every human book from our bookshelf, represent a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin etc. - HumanLibrary.org

At Mary and Jeff Bell Library, we invite you to take a moment and consider your own assumptions. When you pass a person who may be different than you, what are your thoughts about them? It's a challenge not to rely on the different learned or adopted stereotypes when making a split-second decision about who someone is. The goal of the Human Library Event (which will take place in April - stay tuned) is to remove yourself from these quick assumptions and consider beyond them - a challenge to truly unjudge someone.

What is the Human Library?

The Human Library® is a global innovative and hands-on learning platform. We are embedded in high school to higher learning, medical training to civic engagement to better our understanding of diversity in order to help create more inclusive and cohesive communities across cultural, religious, social and ethnic differences.

The Human Library or “Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish, was created in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000 by Ronni Abergel and his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen.

The original event was open eight hours a day for four days straight and featured over fifty different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choice to challenge their stereotypes and so more than a thousand readers took advantage leaving books, librarians, organizers, and readers stunned at the reception and impact of the Human Library.

Safe Framework and Dialogue

The Human Library works to create a safe framework for personal conversations that can help to challenge prejudice, get aim to help rid discrimination, prevent conflicts and contribute to greater human cohesion across social, religious and ethnic divisions.

We meet our goals by creating a space, where taboo topics can be discussed openly and without condemnation. A place where people who would otherwise never talk find room for conversation.

What is a Human Book?Human Library Logo - humanoid sketched body with open book as head; also includes word cloud of different examples of book topics

A Human Book is a volunteer who aims to create understanding through open and honest dialogue about prejudice and stigmatization. Each book represents a group or community in our society that is often subject to prejudice, stigmatization, or discrimination based on their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin, etc.

Readers will have the opportunity to meet with Books, listen to their stories, and ask questions to learn more about the personal experiences of the books. 

All books will receive training and orientation before the event and we will ensure they have all of the support they need during the event to guarantee maximum comfort and security.