A human library functions similarly to a regular library;
however, the books are real human beings, who teach others about themselves and
their experiences through interpersonal dialogue. Experiencing a discussion
with a human book creates an opportunity for constructive interpersonal
dialogue and learning between people who may normally not interact. People who
volunteer to participate as books in a Human Library represent various
cultures and identities, may have experienced or witnessed social exclusion or
indifference at some time in their lives, or are those who have participated in
unique life experiences. The Human Library offers a comfortable
environment for diverse people to meet, ask questions and learn from each
How does it work?
who wish to have a two-way, interpersonal discussion with a human book can
schedule a 30-45 minute session with a specific book or register at the library
on the day of the event. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. “Librarians”
(representatives from the coordinating committee) will be on site to assure
scheduling goes smoothly, and books are returned in good condition. Light
refreshments will be available.
Human Library event is taking place on the fifth floor of the Valley Library
Rotunda on February 9 from noon to 5:00 p.m. and on February 10 from 10:00
information here: http://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/humanlibrary.