The Human Library

The Human Library is a global movement that challenges stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.




Date: October 7 - 8, 2022 Time: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Location: Folio, 93 Pike St



At the human library, you, the READER can check out HUMAN books! BOOKS in the Human Library are volunteers who represent a stigmatized group in the community, and can answer questions from readers to help challenge assumptions about a given topic based on their personal experiences.


Hosted at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, this two day event will feature a collection of twenty local Books.

Readers will have the chance to check out one of our Books from a selection of groups and stereotypes to learn about the Book's individual experiences and ask questions.


Not sure what to expect at The Human Library? Watch the video below for a quick explainer!



Get Published

(Volunteer as a Book)


Are you like an open book and do you have valuable experiences that readers could benefit from learning about? Are you motivated to help challenge stigma and stereotypes through dialogue and personal conversations? Then maybe we can publish you to our readers! Books are not political or on a mission, our Books come from a variety of different backgrounds and lead completely different lives.


If this sounds interesting, please complete this application form. All Book applications will be reviewed and you will be contacted by Folio staff for next steps. This role is rewarding but can be emotionally demanding. We recommend that you visit The Human Library website to understand more about the organization and its aims.



Read A Book

(Attendee Registration)


The rules for readers are simple, respect the book, be curious, bring the book back on time and in the same condition it was given to you. Both parties have the right to end the loan at any time. Register for free to join the conversation & unjudge someone! Attendee registration opens July 1st.



Made Possible By