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


The Human Library is a movement that aims to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. First started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000, the Human Library grew into a global movement in over 80 countries.

In the Human library, a BOOK is human volunteer on loan to have personal conversation with you, the READER.

Books are people who defy stereotypes and can engage in open conversations to challenge assumptions and prejudices about a given subject based on their personal experiences.

Hosted at Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, this two day in-person experience will feature a collection of local Books. Readers will have the chance to borrow one of our Books from a selection of titles, learn about the Book's individual experiences and engage in conversation.

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

Get Published

Are you like an open book? Do you defy a stereotype? Do you have valuable experiences that readers could benefit from learning about? Are you motivated to help challenge stigma 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 the role of books.

Read A Book

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!

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