Human Library: Don’t judge a book by its cover

Don't judge a book by its cover

We are hosting a Human Library at the Nathan campus library at 12 pm on Wednesday 24 May 2017. You can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.

About the Human Library

Human Libraries are all around the world! They are much more than an ‘event’ – they are about providing a space to enable social and cultural connection between people while recognising our differences.

We want people to share their stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

The Human Books will be available in a safe conversational space in the library. Difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the book on loan.

Our collection of Human Books

The Griffith University Human Library collection is quite diverse. Check out our selection of Human Books:

  •   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

Reserve a Human Book

Bookings are now open. Get in quick so you don’t miss out! Reserve your Human Books today.

Borrowing rules

You are responsible for all the Human Books you borrow. Be sure to follow the Human Library borrowing rules:

  •   All of our books are in mint condition. We expect them to be returned in the same condition.
  •   Do not tear out pages or write notes in our books.
  •   Loans are personal and may not be handed over to other readers.
  •   Your book is a reference for information on a given topic. So you need to ask about the things that you want to know.
  •   Be respectful.

Event details

Time: 12pm – 1.15pm
Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017
Location: Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University


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