"Designed to bring people together to broaden individual horizons — just as most libraries aim to do with their services and collections — the Human Library creates opportunities for people to come together over stories of lived experiences to find connections and understanding." - Kristin Vogel, director of the library

Human Library at St. Norbert College

The Human Library returned to St. Norbert College on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. in the Mulva Library. Students, faculty, staff and members of the De Pere community joined us for an intimate opportunity to interact with “human books” as they told their personal stories, perhaps about prejudice, discrimination or stereotypes, and explained how these barriers can impact individuals in our community. 

What is a Human Library?
A library made of humans who volunteer to share their stories. Like books in a library, human books can be checked out, listened to and interacted with.

Why Human Library?
The Human Library International Organization believes when humans share their stories of prejudice and discrimination, it “promotes dialogue and encourages understanding.”

About the National Human Library Project
The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach.

In its initial form the Human Library is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”; this latter group being extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background.

The Human Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.

It is a “keep it simple”, “no-nonsense” contribution to social cohesion in multicultural societies. Read more about the history on the Human Library website.

The Human Library project at St. Norbert is sponsored by the Mulva Library and the Cassandra Voss Center.


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