ACU Human Library

Find out about the ACU Human Library -- what it is, why it is important, and how you can take part.

Human Book applications

Would you like to volunteer as a Human Book for our Human Library? We'd love to hear from you! Tell us your story using the following form.


Applications close 18 June 2021.

ACU Human Library

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ACU Human Library

Tuesday 17 August 2021 9:30am-1pm

Brisbane Campus Library

Human Libraries provide an opportunity for individuals from different backgrounds to connect with, talk and learn from each other in a safe environment.

Human Books are volunteers from all walks of life, who are willing to share their personal stories. Human Books often represent groups in our society that are subjected to prejudice, discrimination, exclusion or stigmatisation because of their lifestyle, belief, disability, economic or social status, ethnic origin, gender, sexuality, age or life experience

Participants can borrow Human Books for up to 20 minutes at a time in order to have a conversation, ask questions about the book's topic and get to know another individual.

The inaugural ACU Human Library will be held at the ACU Brisbane Campus.

How does a Human Library work?

Just like a normal library, books will be available to borrow, engage with and learn from.

Except the books, in this instance, will be real people with a unique personal experience or perspective that they are willing to share with readers.

  1. Readers select and register book title/s that they would like to converse with before the event.
  2. During the event, Human Books and their readers sit down for a 20 minute one-on-one chat.
  3. Readers may ask questions and learn about the life and experiences of the Human Book.
  4. At the end of the loan period, the book is ‘returned’ and available for the next borrower.

Contact and more information

The Human Library is an international movement that was started in Denmark in 2000. It is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. Since that time, hundreds of Human Library events have been held around the world.

Visit the Human Library Organisation for more information.

Contact Kelly Dann for queries about the ACU Human Library.

Guide last reviewed: 16 June 2021