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Syracuse University Libraries' Fifth Annual Human Library will be held in Bird Library on April 11, 2018 from noon-5 p.m.

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What is a Human Library?

A Human Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment. Human books are volunteers who are willing to share their stories and/or their expertise. Participants can “borrow” human books for up to 20 minutes at a time in order to have a conversation and ask questions about the book's topic.

The library is a safe and supportive place to have some positive conversations to challenge stereotypes and prejudices, to celebrate the diversity within our community, or just to get to know another individual.

See some of the coverage from last year's event:

This event is one of several Human Libraries offered throughout the region, with support from the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC).

Suggest a Human Book

We are looking for faculty, staff, students, and others to share stories and experiences about different cultures, identities, and life experiences. If you would like to serve as a human book, or would like to nominate someone else,  please fill out the Human Book Suggestion Form by March 9.

Event Partners

Contact Information

For more information, contact Abby Kasowitz-Scheer ( or Tarida Anantachai (