The Human Library was designed in Denmark in 2000 to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. It is a place where real people are on loan to readers, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.
A human library is an antidote to stereotypes, the aim is “Not to judge a book from its cover” The Human Library aims to promote dialogue, understanding, and empathy by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. It is an event or program where real people, known as “human books,” volunteer to share their personal stories and experiences with others.
The human books are individuals who have faced stereotypes, discrimination, or prejudice based on aspects such as race, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, or any other characteristic that has led to their experiences being misunderstood or misrepresented.
The readers, or participants, have the opportunity to engage in open and honest conversations with the human books, asking questions and learning about their experiences firsthand. The human books share their stories, challenges, triumphs, and perspectives, allowing the readers to gain a deeper understanding and challenge their own preconceived notions.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project N° 617587-EPP-1-2020-1-IT-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALA