Coulter Library

Human Library @ Onondaga Community College

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

9am - 3pm 

What is a Human Library?

A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community with whom they might not normally interact. Visitors to this library have an opportunity during a planned event to borrow and engage in conversation with a Human Book. Human Libraries promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural or lifestyle backgrounds. This year the themes for the event also include the 16-17 academic year Diversity Council’s theme “Dreams are Empowering” and the campus community read “God Grew Tired of Us” topics.

What is a Human Book?

Human Books are volunteers who are willing to share their stories with others in a safe environment. Our online book catalog is now available.

What is a Reader?

Readers check out Human Books for 20 minutes. Books can be checked out at the event or in advance starting September 27. By doing so, readers have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Human Books, to ask questions, and to learn about another's life experiences or special interests.

Would you like to know more?

More information can be found on the Human Library Organization website or by viewing this video in our Films on Demand database: Borrow a Stereotype: Teaching Tolerance through the Living Library Project (NOTE: login required to view film).

  • Books
  • Register

The 2017 Human Library event took place on October 4, 2017. You can view a book descriptions from this event in our online Book catalog.


Advanced registration is now available. This online registration form will be available until 6 PM on October 2nd. After this time, please registration at the event.

Online Registration Form

NOTE: We will hold a reservation for five minutes past the start time. After five minutes we may check the "Book" out to another reader.