Human Library Resources

The Human Library is best defined as:

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, represents 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. (Human Library, 2022).

A short Introduction Video from the Human Library:

A Longer Documentary, “Being Read” offers a more detailed look into the “book’s” experience being “read” – from STORYHIVE:



Where can you find a Human Library?

Additional Resources:

There are many resources available surrounding the Human Library.  Listed are some sites that were particularly helpful in creating this WordPress Book.


Elsesser, K. (2020, July 13). The Human Library is tackling diversity and inclusion one person at a time. Forbes. Retrieved February 9, 2022, from

Bateman, K.  (2021, December 3). What is a ‘human library’ and how can it help with diversity and inclusion? World Economic Forum. Retrieved February 9, 2022, from


Bagci, S. C., & Blazhenkova, O. (2020). Unjudge someone: Human library as a tool to reduce prejudice toward stigmatized group members. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 42(6), 413–431.

Blizzard, K., Becker , Y., & Goebel, N. (2018). Bringing women’s studies to life: Integrating Bringing Women’s Studies to life: Integrating a human library into Augustana’s Women’s Studies curriculum. Retrieved February 9, 2022, from

Dobreski, B., & Huang, Y. (2016, December 27). The joy of being a book: Benefits of participation in the human library. Association for Information Science & Technology. Retrieved February 9, 2022, from

Kudo, K., Motohashi, Y., Enomoto, Y., Yajima, Y., & Kataoka, Y. (2011, August). Bridging differences through dialogue: Preliminary findings of the outcomes of the Human Library in a university setting. Retrieved February 9, 2022, from

Kwan, C. K. (2020). A Qualitative Inquiry into the Human Library Approach: Facilitating Social Inclusion and Promoting Recovery. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health17(9), 3029. MDPI AG. Retrieved from   (




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