The Human Library

Students, faculty, and staff will volunteer as "books" to be "read" and share their experiences with discrimination as part of The Human Library.

“Beyond a make-sense and feel-good mission, the Human Library makes it easy for the public to take a moment and contribute positively to understanding among society- for their own sake and others.”

Malii, Chicago’s Human Library January book of the month, on her work as a volunteer

The library’s Human Library event, curated by Communications Coordinator Norman Alexandroff, will open a new conversation about diversity and discrimination through immersive, interpersonal dialogue. The Human Library seeks to build understanding within the Columbia community, inviting students, faculty, and staff to volunteer as human “books” to be “read”—where they discuss their individual experiences with discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their lives.

For those interested in participating as “books,” a training session will be held Thursday, April 12 from 12-1 p.m. in the library’s 3rd Floor North Reading Room.

The Human Library
Wednesday, April 18
12-3 p.m.
624 S. Michigan Ave.
Library, 3rd Floor North Reading Room