Voices from the Human Library

Voices from the Human Library

Four short videos featuring Readers and a Book

  • Posted on: 19 July 2018
  • By: Susan

On May 5, 2018, CCTV and the Cambridge Public Library hosted the Human Library. More than 40 "readers" "checked out" human "books" for intimate conversations about personal discrimination and stigma.

Following are brief videos of three readers and one book.

The Human Library or “Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish, was developed in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel and his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen.

The original event was open eight hours a day for four days straight and featured over fifty different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choice to challenge their stereotypes and so they did. More than a thousand readers took advantage leaving books, librarians, organizers and readers stunned at the impact of the Human Library.