Warrington Welcome: Human Library
What is Human Library?
The Human Library is an innovative and interactive diversity learning initiative where staff, faculty, and community members volunteer as human “books” to share their stories of hardship and resilience with first-year student “readers” in a small group setting. Readers and books engage in personal dialogue about their experiences, in order to foster understanding, challenge stereotypes, reduce prejudice, and celebrate diversity.
“The Human Library works exactly like a normal library; readers come and borrow a Book for a limited period of time. The only difference; the Books in the Human Library are living, (human beings) and the Books and readers enter into a personal dialogue. The Books in the Human Library are people representing groups frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes, and are often victims of discrimination or social exclusion. A Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation. In the Human Library, Books cannot only speak, but they are able to reply to the readers’ questions and can ask questions themselves.” (Human Library Organizers Guide)
Human Library at UF Vocabulary
- First-year college students enrolled in the Heavener School of Business’s Warrington Welcome course.
- Anyone willing to share their story with and embrace difficult questions from a small group of readers.
Human Library Examples and Resources
- Human Library Chicago 2013
- Human Library Illinois State 2014 Photo Gallery
- Human Library Overview (Article)
- Human Library at Loyola Marymount University
- Human Library Organization
UF Human Library 2016 will take place...
- Thursday, October 6: 10:40am-7:05pm (4th period-11th period), Reitz Union Grand Ballroom