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Note: This event is now called the Living Library. See the Living Library guide for more information on recent events.

Human Library

The Syracuse University Libraries' fifth annual Human Library was held in Bird Library on April 11, 2018 from noon-5 p.m. See some of the coverage:

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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. The purpose is to create a positive space for dialogues on challenging topics, to break down stereotypes, and to celebrate diversity within our community. Human books are people who volunteer to share stories about their backgrounds and/or life experiences. During this event, you can “check out” a human book to have a conversation about the book's topic, either one-on-one or in a small group. Participants can “borrow” human books for up to 20 minutes at a time.

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