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Human Library

What is a Human Library?

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 Human Libraries 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 other.

How does it work?

Participants 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.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

The Valley Library, 4th Floor Rotunda
201 SW Waldo Place, Corvallis, OR 97331

Event Type

Free Food, Meeting or Discussion

Event Topic

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Health and Well-being, Student Experience


Community, Faculty and Staff, Student





OSU Libraries and Press
Contact Name

Beth Filar-Williams

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