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Human Library @ the Bailey Library

Don't judge a book by it's cover

Human Library @ the Bailey Library

Real people.

Real conversations.
Challenge stereotypes.

Build understanding.
unjudge someone.

 

If you have questions or would like to schedule a class visit, contact Molly Ledermann.

What is a Human Library?

What is a Human Library?

In a Human Library, books are people. The books are not experts, they represent the diversity of our campus and community. Readers can "check out" a book to hear their personal story, engage in a dialog about their experience, and work toward breaking down barriers and eliminating prejudice. The Human Library reminds us that everyone has a story to tell. 

The Human Library is an international effort. The first Human Library was held in Copenhagen, Denmark by a small group of young people called “Stop the Violence” in 2000. In bringing the Human Library to WCC, we are actively building community by showcasing our diversity and encouraging dialog. 

 

How can I get involved?

  • Become a Book
  • Visit the Human Library and read a book
  • Promote the Human Library 
  • Encourage others to attend or become a book

 

Advice for Human Library Readers

The Human Library is a collection of real people with real stories to tell.  Be open-minded and considerate while listening to and talking with your book. 
 
Questions to consider while listening to your book: 
  • How can I relate to this story?
  • How can this experience affect me, what can I learn about myself? 
  • How can I walk out of here differently today?
 
Explore your own experiences: 
  • When was a time that you experienced bias or discrimination? 
  • When was a time that you discriminated against someone else? 
  • When was a time that you witnessed discrimination and you did nothing about it? 
  • When was a time that you witnessed discrimination and you did something about it? 
  • What are the contributing factors to when we do something versus when we do nothing? 

Campus Partners

The Human Library @ the Bailey Library is made possible by the generous support of our campus partners:

Support Services

Counselor

Human Library books are real people with real life stories that deal with difficult subjects; if you need to talk there are Personal Counselors here on campus.

Videos

Watch the Human Library in action!