Never Judge a Book by its Cover

It's probaby safe to assume you've been to a library that has several shelves of hard cover or paperback books full of great stories, but have you ever been to a human library? Dun. Dun. Dunnnnn. Well, now you can! You can go to the Human Library, as part of the Equity Diversity Inclusion Week at the University of Alberta, where you will find fascinating stories from 'human books’ as they tell you ‘the reader’ about their experiences with equity, diversity and inclusion.


The Human Library creates a space where students, staff and community members can speak one-on-one or in very small groups to 'people on loan' or 'human books'.  The "books" are people from various demographics who have experienced stereotyping or prejudice or who have undergone a life experience that is often mischaracterized or misunderstood. The goal of the Library is for everyone to see new perspectives, challenge stereotypes and reaffirm human dignity through respectful conversations.

Human Library: A Place for All of Us
Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17, 2016
2:00 pm to 6:45 pm both days (The 45 minute conversations will begin on the hour.)
Rutherford Library (University of Alberta)

Click here to review the 2016 Collection of Human "Books"

For more information on EDI Week, go to:

Human Library is sponsored by University of Alberta International (the Global Education Program), Human Resource Services (the Employment Equity Program), University of Alberta Libraries and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.