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Human Library at Adelphi Universities

The Adelphi University Libraries is pleased to partner with the Human Library™ to host an event on December 1, 2022. 

The Human Library is a concept created by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen, and Asma Mouna of the Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents. It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination.

The Human Library™ aims to establish a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan.

It was developed to challenge societal prejudices wherever and for whatever reasons they occur, and to help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities.

The Human Library™ encourages patrons to become readers, by taking a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue, that they represent. 

Conversations are offered for a duration of 20 minutes and are not just a storytelling session, but rather an experience sharing with Q&A encouraged. The session's outcome and the talk's direction depends on what the reader/s asks about. Both parties have the privilege to end the conversation at any point they may wish.

The Adelphi University Libraries adds to a growing list of organizations interested in promoting understanding and compassion between people where prejudice and stereotyping have created misunderstanding and division.

Event Details

Where? Swirbul Library, Garden City

When? December 1, 2022; 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

How? Sign up to participate as a book, reader, or librarian below.

Much of the information in this libguide is adapted from the Human Library™. For more information visit