Borrow a book from our Human Library

Don't judge a book by its cover

No doubt you know the Griffith University library has many, many books on a multitude of topics.

And our library books usually hold what you need. Between the covers, on the printed pages, is the story or information you are seeking.

But this month, we are offering you a different kind of book – a book you can hold an actual conversation with – a Human Book.

On Wednesday 24 May 2017, our Nathan campus library will become the Human Library. You can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue, that they represent.

It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination.

You’ll be able to borrow a Human Book for 15 minutes from our Human Library. There’s no index pages or tables of contents to consult. Our books are interactive – if you want to know something, you only need to ask!

Our Human Books are one-of-a-kind – you may not keep them overnight, get a loan extension, or remove them from the library. If you lose a Human Book, there will be hefty fines involved (#jokes).

The Human Library is a concept created by Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents.

It aims to establish a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan.

Who would you borrow from our Human Library? Here’s a selection of topics/issues:

  •   Homeless
  •   Refugee
  •   Adopted
  •   Widow
  •   Muslim Woman
  •   Muslim Man/POW/PTSD
  •   Lesbian/Muso
  •   Gay male
  •   Maori
  •   Indigenous
  •   Women in IT (WIT)
  •   Veteran and Assistance Dog
  •   Author
  •   Tattoos
  •   Dreadlocks

Event details

What: The Human Library
Where: Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University
When: 12pm-1.15pm, 24 May 2017

5 Comments on “Borrow a book from our Human Library”

  1. loribowe says:

    Fantastic initiative – can’t wait for this!


  2. this is an amazing idea…I hope it’s well utilised.


  3. Anne-Maree Garcia says:

    What a brilliant idea – please bring the Human Library to the GC!


  4. I love the stories of these ‘books’ on Instagram — !!