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Where books are people, reading is a conversation, and difficult questions are expected and encouraged...

Don't judge a book by it's cover...
The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.

The Human Library South Africa was launched in 2017 and is currently available in Cape Town and Johannesburg.


The Human Library is a concept created by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen and Asma Mouna of the Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000. After the stabbing of a friend in 1993 the group decided to try and raise awareness by using peer group education to mobilize danish youngsters against violence. In 2000 Stop The Violence was encouraged by then festival director, Mr. Leif Skov, to develop some activities for Roskilde Festival. Events that would put focus on anti-violence, encourage dialogue and help to build positive relations among the festival visitors. The Human Library was born, as a challenge to the crowds of Northern Europes biggest summer festival.The original event was open eight hours a day for four days straight and featured over fifty different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choice to challenge their stereotypes and so they did. More than a thousand readers took advantage leaving books, librarians, organisers and readers stunned at the impact of the Human Library.Today it is estimated that the Human Library has been presented in more than 90 countries around the world, most of them in partnership with local organizers.

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We typically and foremost publish people that represent a group in the community that have been exposed to stigma, stereotyping or prejudices. These are typically based on occupation, ethnicity, religious belief, gender, cultural background, health, social status, lifestyle or disability. We also publish topics of heavy taboo including victims of incest, sexual abuse, domestic violence or parents that lost a child and other grief related topics. The topic has to be legal, non-harming and self-experienced to be considered.
Human Library
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