The Living Library: Beyond Stereotypes

Check Out Living Books

May 16, 2018 4:00 PM to May 16, 2018 8:00 PM at University Library Grand Reading Room (3rd floor)

What is a Living Library?

A Living Library consists of "books" that are human. Each of these books volunteers to share their story.

The Living Library is based on the Human Library concept. The first Human Library was organized in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark by the group Stop The Violence. The purpose of this first event was to challenge prejudices, to encourage dialogue, and to build relationships. The goals of every Human Library since have been similar. The event is held in a safe space where people can have open and honest conversations to learn from each other.

What is a Living Library reader?

  • A person who looks for a conversation with a living book that can reveal something they did not know before.
  • A person who chooses to hear stories of identity-based discrimination and/or prejudice as told from the people who experienced them.
  • A person who has had questions about certain identities but has never felt that they could safely discuss those questions.

How do I become a reader?

  • Just show up! That's it—but you should also be ready to feel challenged, to empathize, to question, and to learn.
  • Keep in mind that living books are limited, so the earlier you arrive, the more likely you are to find a living book you really want to read.

How can I learn more?


In conjunction with The Living Library: Beyond Stereotypes keynote event on Monday, May 14, join the University Library, English & Foreign Languages, Interdisciplinary General Education, Communication, Counseling & Psychological Services, and the Office of Equity, Inclusion, & Compliance for this unique event.