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Human Library: About the Human Library


Don't Judge a book by its cover



The first Human Library was organized in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark by the group Stop The Violence. The purpose of this first event was to challenge prejudices, to encourage dialog, and to build relationships.


The goals of every Human Library since have been similar. The event is held in a safe place where people can have open and honest conversations to learn from each other.

Worldwide Event

Map created by the Human Library Organization showing Human Library events from 2009-2013

World map of Human Library events

Close up of locations in the United States

Map of the U.S. showing locations of Human Library events