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The Syracuse University Living Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment.

Syracuse University Living Library

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Syracuse University Libraries will not be offering a Living Library event this year. We thank all of our partners and volunteers for their support in the planning of this event, and hope to offer the next Living Library in 2021!

  Human library conversation between three participants 

 

What is a Living Library?

The Syracuse University Living Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment. During the event, attendees can engage in 20-minute one-on-one or small group conversations with volunteers from across the SU community—including faculty, staff, and students. These volunteers, representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds and life experiences, will share their stories on a range of topics. The event intends to create a positive space for dialogues on challenging topics, to break down stereotypes, and to celebrate diversity within the SU community.

This event is one of several Living Library events being planned throughout the region, with support from the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC).

This event is based on Syracuse University Libraries' former Human Library events.

Living Library Audio Files

Ever wondered what the Living Library is all about? Want to hear from some of our 2019 living books? Listen to the audio files below (captions included). For best results, use Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Abby Kasowitz-Scheer (askasowi@syr.edu) or Tarida Anantachai (tanantac@syr.edu).