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Belarus confirmed for Human Library launch
19 September 2014 by Ronni Abergel

Belarus preparing to launch Human Library

It has been a wish for many years to see the Human Library introduced to civil society in Belarus. On October 4th, 2014 it will become a reality. In partnership with Studentckaia Rada, a youth trade union group “Students’ council” in Minsk, we are happy to …

Belarus confirmed for Human Library launch »

Human Library to open in Philippines
13 August 2014 by Mikkel Steen Andersen

Human Library to open in Philippines

Slowly but surely the Human Library is spreading to all corners of the world. Coming up now is the Philippines, when on August 14th, 2014, the University of La Salle in Manila, will host the very first event in the Philippines. Readers are cordially invited to challenge their …

Human Library to open in Philippines »

International Forum for Human Library Organizers in ASEAN.
26 November 2013 by Ronni Abergel

International Forum on Human Library development in the ASEAN

In partnership with Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (RMUTI) we are calling for all local organizers in the ASEAN countries to come together for the first International Forum for Human Library organizers …

International Forum for Human Library Organizers in ASEAN. »

New partnership project in South Korea
10 November 2013 by Mikkel Steen Andersen

New partnership in South Korea to bring about more Human Libraries

First there was a study visit to Copenhagen and now there is a fruitful partnership underway between the Human Library Organisation and the Hope Institute of South Korea. Both ngo´s committed to lifelong learning and building better …

New partnership project in South Korea »

The sudden death of a founder
27 August 2013 by Mikkel Steen Andersen

Death of a founder 

On May 6th during a vacation with her family, co-founder of the Human Library Organization, artist Zoé Kofod (37), suddenly passed away due to Mitral Valve Prolapse. Leaving behind her partner of ten years, creator of the HL and director, Ronni Abergel and their two small …

The sudden death of a founder »

Take out your prejudice
26 January 2013 by Ronni Abergel

Take out your prejudice!

Today the Human Library passes a historic marker. Because the CBC in Canada in partnership with local institutions and the HL.org is introducing the worlds very first national Human Library Day by featuring 24 events in 15 cities across the country. With all the commotion of this day, we …

Take out your prejudice »

National Human Library Day in Canada
12 January 2013 by Ronni Abergel

Human Library Day in Canada

On January 26th, 2013 the doors of 24 Human Library events in 15 cities across Canada will invite readers to take part in the very first "Human Library Day" in Canada. Ever since the very first Human Library (Menneskebiblioteket in Danish) at Roskilde Festival, it has been a …

National Human Library Day in Canada »

New paper from Australia on the Human Library
15 November 2012 by Zoe Kofod

New report on the Human Library from Australia: The power of one on one

The University of Technology in Sydney, Australia has just published an extensive report on Human Libraries and the challenges of antiracism work titled "The Power of One on One". The paper was written by Tania Dreher and Jemima …

New paper from Australia on the Human Library »

Human Library event attacked in Russia
05 November 2012 by Ronni Abergel

Human Library event in Russia attacked by nationalist

A reader and a local Human Library organizer were attacked with pepperspray by a young nationalist at a local Human Library event in Russia. The event that took place on August 11th in the city of Voronezh, was only the second Human Library to be presented by …

Human Library event attacked in Russia »

CBC Radio Canada new partner of the Human Library
24 October 2012 by Zoe Kofod

CBC Radio Canada and the Human Library in nationwide partnership

It all started with one of the most ambitious Human Library projects ever seen in Canada. The Ottawa Public Library held six Human Library events at different locations (branches) and the Canadian War Museum in January 2012. The event was …

CBC Radio Canada new partner of the Human Library »

National network of Human Library Organizers brewing in Russia
23 October 2012 by Zoe Kofod

National Human Library network in Russia under construction

Last weeks Youth Human Rights Movement Russia and United Against Racisme conference in Moscow, saw the birth of a new national network of local Human Library Organizers from Russia. Organizers from the russian cities of St. Petersburg, Voronezh and …

National network of Human Library Organizers brewing in Russia »

WOMAD New Zealand to feature a Human Library in 2013
21 October 2012 by Ronni Abergel

WOMAD festival in New Zealand to host a 3-day event

The renowned WOMAD Festival in New Zealand will present their first 3-day Human Library event as part of the official festival program in 2013. After the succesful experience from the WOMAD Festival in the United Kingdom this year, the organizers of WOMAD …

WOMAD New Zealand to feature a Human Library in 2013 »

Kazakhstan to open its first Human Library
14 September 2012 by Ronni Abergel

Kazakhstan ready with first Human Library

We are proud to announce that the former Russian republic of Kazakhstan will host its first Human Library on September 29th, 2012. The event will take place at Lisakovsk Secondary School where the Readers will be the students of the school.

Our local partners …

Kazakhstan to open its first Human Library »

Help us build a better community
11 September 2012 by Ronni Abergel

Volunteers wanted around the world

The Human Library continues to grow and is now spreading at a more rapid speed than ever before. The 12 year old concept is currently helping to build cohesion and a greater understanding for diversity in more than 65 countries around the world. But we need even more help if we …

Help us build a better community »

Back on track
11 September 2012 by Ronni Abergel

Back on track

Our apologies for being absent in keeping information flowing to readers, books and organisers. We have literally had a crisis and it has taken some time to overcome it. But we are happy to announce that we are now back in proper working order albeit the new website has been tremendously …

Back on track »

Human Library gets new website from sponsor
31 January 2012 by Ronni Abergel

Sponsor donate new website for the Human Library

The Human Library Organization is proud to announce a partnership agreement with DeVant, a danish company specializing in online services. The partnership will ensure the development of a new innovative website for the Human Library. Work on the production of the …

Human Library gets new website from sponsor »

New guide for organizers almost finished
12 January 2012 by Ronni Abergel

New organizers guide to be published soon

Twelve years ago the first Human Library took place at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. In 2005 the first Guide to organizers was published in partnership with the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Council of Europe. Last year it was decided to revise the guide and update …

New guide for organizers almost finished »

Ottawa Public Library hosting six events
11 January 2012 by Ronni Abergel

Ottawa Public Library rolling out the Human Library at six locations

In what can only be described as one of the most ambitious Human Library events of the year, the Ottawa Public Library are preparing to roll out the Human Library at six different locations on January 28th, 2012.

The events are …

Ottawa Public Library hosting six events »

Training Course in Cyprus for youth organizers
09 October 2011 by Ronni Abergel

Training course for new organizers in Cyprus

A five day training course aimed at young people will start in Cyprus on October 25th. The project is titled "How to promote tolerance, empathy and social inclusion" and the program will include a Human Library and a workshop on how to get started staging …

Training Course in Cyprus for youth organizers »

Paper from Dokkyo University, Japan.
07 October 2011 by Zoe Kofod

Dokkyo University publish paper on outcomes of the Human Library

A new paper from Dokkyo University in Japan looks at the outcomes of the Human Library in a University setting. This is the first scientific paper on the effects of the Human Library in Japan. Read the results here.

The paper …

Paper from Dokkyo University, Japan. »

The Human Library opens in Moscow, Russia
06 October 2011 by Ronni Abergel

Russia next to launch Human Library

The list of countries introducing the Human Library continues to grow. Coming up next is Russia. On November 5th, 2011 Moscow will host the first Human Library in Russia. Local organizers hope the event can mark a first step to a higher tolerance for diversity as Russia has …

The Human Library opens in Moscow, Russia »

High School students to stage a Human Library
17 May 2011 by Zoe Kofod

High School Students stage Human Library in Tennessee

It started with their civil rights teacher introducing them to the idea of the Human Library and now the students have decided to host their own Human Library at Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library on September 24, 2011.

Upcoming local …

High School students to stage a Human Library »

Central Alberta Childrens Festival to host a Human Library.
12 May 2011 by Ronni Abergel

Central Alberta Childrens Festival to host a two-day Human Library event

The local organizers from Red Deer Public Library and the Central Alberta Refugee Effort are expecting more than 30 different Living Books at this summer 5th annual Childrens Festival at Recreation Park in Red Deer, Canada.

The …

Central Alberta Childrens Festival to host a Human Library. »

Human Library at the American Library Association conference
13 April 2011 by Zoe Kofod

American Library Association to host a Human Library at annual conference

Last year we saw the Ontario Library Association (OLA) present the Human Library at their Super Conference. An event which spurred interest among more than 50 new local organizers in Canada. This summer the outcome could be even greater …

Human Library at the American Library Association conference »

Ambitious Human Library plan about to launch in Little Rock, Arkansas
03 March 2011 by Ronni Abergel

Little Rock to host weekly Human Library events

The Human Library has been presented in many different ways, settings and a variety of durations. Some local organizers like the University of Arkansas have reoccuring Human Library events each semester on campus. Others host one event each month, like Lismore …

Ambitious Human Library plan about to launch in Little Rock, Arkansas »

Korea next to introduce the Human Library
01 March 2011 by Ronni Abergel

South Korea next to introduce the Human Library

The Human Library Organization is proud to announce the first Human Library events in South Korea. The launch is scheduled to take place at Seouls Korea University from May 11-13th, 2011. The students of the University will be the first readers of Living Books in …

Korea next to introduce the Human Library »

Human Library receive honorary award
25 November 2010 by Zoe Kofod

Danish Union of Librarians honorary award given to the Human Library Organization

The Human Library has its 10-year anniversary this year. What better way to celebrate than winning an award, and that is what happened earlier this month at the annual assembly of the Danish Union of Librarians …

Human Library receive honorary award »

100.000 hits on the Human Library website
16 November 2010 by Ronni Abergel

More than 100.000 hits on Human Library website

The idea is simple and quite straight forward but also attractive according to the interest from Internet users. The Human Library Organization is proud to announce that the website has passed 100.000 hits a while back. We are currently at over 112.000 hits and the …

100.000 hits on the Human Library website »

Toronto PL launch at five branches on same day
14 November 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Report: Toronto Inaugural Human Library Event A Success

On Nov. 6, 2010, over 200 Torontonians checked out a "human book" from Toronto Public Library's inaugural Human Library events. The one-day pilot event was held at Toronto Reference Library, North York Central Library, Bloor Gladstone Branch, …

Toronto PL launch at five branches on same day »

Report from the first Human Library at Mount Allison University
11 November 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Mount Allison University with Human Library to challenge stereotypes

We all have them — opinions about groups whose activities, beliefs, jobs, eating habits, or sexual orientation are different from our own. On April 6, a group of Mount Allison University students and members of the Sackville …

Report from the first Human Library at Mount Allison University »

Moldova introducing the Human Library on International Day for Tolerance
11 November 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Moldova next to introduce the Human Library

As time passes more and more countries take the Human Library to heart. Next up is the republic of Moldova. The launch is spearheaded by the Moldovan Red Cross Society who in partnership with the B.P. Hasdeu Municipal Library in Chisinau and the Human Library …

Moldova introducing the Human Library on International Day for Tolerance »

Norwich Forum hosting a huge Human Library event
25 October 2010 by Zoe Kofod

Norfolk leading the way in the UK

In this the 10th anniversary of the Human Library. The Human Library Organization is proud to be part of the largest Human Library event ever to be staged in the United Kingdom. On Wednesday the 3rd of November, readers will have the biggest and broadest selection of …
Norwich Forum hosting a huge Human Library event »

WARNING: Criminals using the Human Library name in fraud scheme
06 October 2010 by Ronni Abergel

WARNING: Criminals using the Human Library name in fraud scheme

It has come to our attention that an individual is posing as a representative of the Human Library Organization and asking for monies for services. Please do not enter into relations with any persons asking monies on our behalf. We have …

WARNING: Criminals using the Human Library name in fraud scheme »

Grant MacEwan University with great evaluation example
02 October 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Grant MacEwan University have provided a superb evaluation report

It is not often that the Human Library Organization receive evaluation reports from Human Library events with the sort of quality as the one provided by the Grant MacEwan University in Canada. Reporting from an event hosted at the South Campus …

Grant MacEwan University with great evaluation example »

Human Library wins award in Alberta, Canada
29 September 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Calgary Public Library wins award for Human Library program

One of the first local Human Library organizers in Canada has been recognized for their work with the Human Library. The Calgary Public Library a very ambitious HL organizer, recieved an inaugural Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public …

Human Library wins award in Alberta, Canada »

Thailand brewing now
28 September 2010 by Zoe Kofod

Human Library spreading in Thailand

The Human Library got its formal introduction to Thailand at a conference in Korat last week.The 28th Seminar for Higher Education Libraries featured not only a Human Library simulation but also gave the creator and founder of the Human Library (Ronni Abergel) the opportunity …

Thailand brewing now »

Longest Human Library event on record happening now
24 August 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Noorderzon Festival feature a 9-day Human Library Event

Most organizers put up a one-day event. Some even just a few hours, but in Groningen in the Netherlands, a local festival is setting a new record. Noorderzon Festival is happening right now and features a nine day long Human Library event, with a selection …

Longest Human Library event on record happening now »

First country in Europe to build a national network
07 April 2010 by Ronni Abergel

United Kingdom now with a national coordinator

Things have come a long way since the formal introduction of the Human Library to the United Kingdom in April 2008. The concept has spread out to large parts of the country and now the United Kingdom has become the first country in Europe to have a national …

First country in Europe to build a national network »

Israel preparing to introduce the Human Library
17 March 2010 by Mikkel Steen Andersen

Human Library confirmed in the Holy Land

The list of nations that have taken the Human Library to its heart continues to grow and we are happy to announce that funding for the introduction project in Israel has now been confirmed. In partnership with the local NGO "United Against Racism" the Human …

Israel preparing to introduce the Human Library »

The Human Library on BBC Radio 4
08 March 2010 by Ronni Abergel

The Human Library featured on BBC Radio 4 on March 15th

Tune in to BBC´s Radio 4 on March 15th at 11 am. The program "Living Books" hosted by Sandy Toksvig has a special treat in store for listeners. The half hour program will be the most extensive look at the qualities and challenges of the Human …

The Human Library on BBC Radio 4 »

Switzerland launch confirmed
27 February 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Switzerland introducing the Human Library this Summer

While many other countries in Europe have long ago introduced the Human Library, the time has come for Switzerland. This summer at the BELLUARD BOLLWERK INTERNATIONAL Festival, the Human Library Organization is proud to confirm the first appearance in …

Switzerland launch confirmed »

Check out your prejudice in Texas
17 February 2010 by Ronni Abergel

REPORT: The Human Library in Texas 

The Human Library event held June 6, 2009 was the Center for the healing of Racism´s first collaboration with the Houston Public Library and it was a huge success. In short, human beings act as “living books” that …

Check out your prejudice in Texas »

Human Library news update
09 February 2010 by Ronni Abergel

US Virgin Islands getting ready

The once Danish Virgin Islands (sold to the United States in 1917) will be among the many territories and countries to introduce the Human Library in 2010. Greece held their first pilot event only a few days ago, and so the list of nations offering the Human Library to readers is …

Human Library news update »

Gordon Brown to take out a Living Book at Downing Street no.10
03 February 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Living Books at Downing Street no.10

The travels of the Human Library continue and this week its Prime Minister Gordon Brown who will have the opportunity to take out a Living Book. The special event will take place at Downing Street no.10 and is facilitated by UK Human Library co-ordinators Oz Osborne and Nick …

Gordon Brown to take out a Living Book at Downing Street no.10 »

Read important announcement
05 January 2010 by Ronni Abergel

Major changes in 2010

It has been almost 10-years since "Menneskebiblioteket" was opened for the first time at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Shortly after the first event the creators including the author of this article, began promoting the idea outside Denmark. Today more than 45 countries have …

Read important announcement »

Report from the first organisers conference
10 December 2009 by Ronni Abergel

A historic day for the Human Library in London

For some, coming to the national organisers conference, was their first contact with the Human Library. For others it was the first opportunity to meet colleagues, network and exchange experiences on working with what seems to be an increasingly popular concept. …

Report from the first organisers conference »

Mexico ready to launch the Human Library
04 November 2009 by Ronni Abergel

Libros Con Vida opening soon in Mexico

On November 14th, a Human Library will open its doors to readers for the first time in Mexico. The historical event has been carefully prepared in partnership with our local partner, the cultural ngo Siijuve and will take place in Puebla on a square in the middle of the …

Mexico ready to launch the Human Library »

Report: Human for Hire at Preston College
25 September 2009 by Ronni Abergel

Human for hire at Preston College

Sitting across the table from the Breast Cancer book, she told me personal stories of the turmoil she and her partner went through as she battled cancer. Looking around the buzzing library, I could see every table was filled with other readers, all deep in conversation with their …

Report: Human for Hire at Preston College »

Open invitation to free Organizers Conference
24 September 2009 by Ronni Abergel

Free Human Library Organizers Conference in London

The Human Library Organization is happy to announce the first UK Human Library Organizers Conference to take place on December 8th, 2009. The event is hosted by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Human Library Organization. The …

Open invitation to free Organizers Conference »

Tucson rolling out a two day event
18 September 2009 by Ronni Abergel

Tucson to roll out two day event in October

The City of Tucson’s Diversity Team will host two Human Library events called “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” in conjunction with Tucson Meet Yourself.  The free event will take place Friday, October 09, 2009 and Saturday, October 10, …

Tucson rolling out a two day event »

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