Human Living Library

The Human Living Library project is an event designed to create dialogue, promote understanding and reduce prejudice. A collection of “human books” (widely varied in gender, cultural and religious backgrounds, and age) will be offered on "loan" to visitors (“readers”). 

The Human Living Library is organized in partnership with University of Toronto Mississauga Office of Advancement

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Learn More

  • Facilitated by Human Living Library Librarians, visitors "borrow" the human book for up to 25 minutes and engage in free flowing conversation
  • The informal "Reader-Book" interaction is a positive and safe way to question and explore pre-conceived notions around race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, and to share personal narratives through open dialog
  • Through this program, we hope to promote tolerance, and deepen the understanding of social justice, equity and diversity
  • The Human Living Library project is made possible by: The University of Toronto Mississauga Alumni Association, Library, Centre for Student Engagement and Student Housing & Residence Life

Get Involved

  • Look out for information on the Human Living Library project coming September 2017
  • Begin to investigate some of the amazing "books" we have coming to UTM
  • Register online
  • Attend a training on networking 
  • Participate in the experience
  • Complete an online reflection survey

The Project

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