What is the Human Library Concept?


In this Library the ‘Books’ are people who have experienced prejudice, social exclusion or stigma and they are borrowed by ‘Readers’ who can ask any question they like, to both learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudices.


This came about spring of 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel and his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen.


“One good book is equal to hundred good friends but one good friend is equal to a library”. Late Former President APJ Abdul Kalam


This is a reading Session with no filters, no editing, no imagination and everything is real.


Why you should attend this event?


It helps build understanding for diversity by providing a framework for real conversations about important issues.

Open and honest conversations that can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community.


How does this work?


You go into the Human Library and look at the listed ‘Books’ and choose what you want to know about.

Then the protagonist himself/herself tells you the story for  a period of 15-20 minutes.

People who have taken part in these events elsewhere have reported that they can be profound experience for all concerned.


The Human library organisation wrote on their page “ the policemen sitting there speaking with the graffiti writer, the politician in discussions with the youth activist and the football fan in a deep chat with the feminist.” This line is both exciting and ignites the curiosity of someone who enjoys listening to experiences from an entirely different background.


One american says “ I learned about a girl who came here from Nepal” and another says “ I am from religious catholic background and I am gay”. Everybody has a story to tell and hearing it first hand is no less than magic.


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