The Human Library 2017

Founded in 2001 in Denmark to promote human rights and social cohesion, the human library project seeks to create greater understanding between people and provide a safe space where we can learn more about each other and work through stereotypes and discrimination present in our community in order to ultimately to forge new connections between people.

A Human Library consists of “books” that are human. Each of these books volunteer to take part in the library. Like a regular library, the Human Library has a card catalog, and a reader can check out “books” on a topic that he or she may be interested in learning more about. For example, you can check out titles such as “Gun Talk”, “Homeschooled”, “Pro Life – The Safest Space”, “Rastafarian”, “White Parent, Black Child”, or “A Triple Minority in Trump’s America” and learn more about that person, their life and the challenges and stereotypes that they have overcome or face. Readers can check out books for a 30 minute time period during which reader and book have a one-on-one conversation.  

This is the sixth annual Human Library at Williams College.  For a complete list of this year's books, please visit our site! Friday and Saturday, Feb 24 & 25  Sponsored by the Gaudino Fund and the Williams College Libraries.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Paresky Center