The Human Library Project

The Human Library Project

Real people. Real conversations.

What does home mean to us?
How do we find belonging and community?

Details: Have you ever lost yourself in a good book? Explored new ideas or experienced far-off places through the written word?  Now is your opportunity to come face to face with a human book, ask questions and hear, first-hand, from people who have lived to tell unforgettable stories.

Though we live in one of the most diverse cities in the world, we continue to face challenges to social cohesion such as racism, cultural and gender-based violence, as well as economic and environmental injustice. As Canada moves closer to its 150th Anniversary, we must grapple with what it means to live on Native land, to be Indigenous, to be a newcomer and/or a settler.

This particular Human Library hopes to explore notions of home— coming home, leaving home, finding home, and losing home as it relates to identity and our place(s) in the world. It is of particular importance that we represent stories of Indigenous, Black, and racialized youth, adults and elders.

Each participant in our human library can be checked out, like a book, for 25 minutes of one-on-one time. Hear a story, share an insight and gain perspective.

This event is open to students, staff and community members.

Drop in or register on-line. Books are checked out on a first come, first serve basis.

When: Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, from 11 am–3 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration will be available in mid-November

For information about being featured as a book at this year’s Human Library please email

The Human Library Project is an event designed to create dialogue, promote understanding and reduce prejudice. A collection of “human books” (widely varied in gender, age, and cultural and religious backgrounds) are offered on loan to visitors. Facilitated by Human Library Librarians, visitors borrow the human book for up to 25 minutes for an open conversation. We hope to promote tolerance and deepen the understanding of social justice, equity and diversity.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Stephanie Eldred, Senior Communications Officer:

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