A non-profit organisation that forms part of an international social movement.
Human Library was established in 2000 in Denmark by Ronni Abergel and friends from the Stop the Violence campaign and has since been introduced to more than 80 countries.
Human Library South Africa launched in Cape Town in January 2018 and Johannesburg followed shortly thereafter.
Real people, Real conversatons.
We host events where you can come and have a conversation with a "human book" about their title and ask them anything you ever wanted to know but were too afraid to ask. Our volunteers' topics range from social status, health, politics, religion, ethnicity, political views, occupation, lifestyle or are survivors of trauma or loss.
Our volunteers not only expect and appreciate difficult questions but encourage it.
Our events can be found in public areas, schools, libraries, organisational spaces or even be invited to corporate environments.
We are always looking for new venues and interesting spaces where we can host a Human Library and would also like to partner with institutes that would be willing to not only host, but build their own "depot" of books.
We aim to challenge stereotypes and stigmas through establishing a safe space for otherwise difficult dialogue.
Through this we hope that "readers" will get the opportunity to meet people they might not otherwise have and ask questions they don't generally feel safe to ask.