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Winnipeg Public Library

The Human Library® 2017

Human Library® 2017

Real people, real stories, on loan for discussion. Challenge prejudice and stereotypes, one conversation at a time.

  • Thursday, September 21: 4-8 pm
  • Friday, September 22: 1-4 pm
  • Saturday, September 23: 1-4 pm

Catalogue and Schedule of Human Books

Browse the Human Library® Catalogue and Schedule for "Human Books" to borrow.


What's a Human Library®?

In a Human Library®, people become the books and are 'borrowed' for conversation. The Human Books come from all backgrounds and ways of life, but they all have one thing in common: for different reasons they are often subjected to stereotyping or prejudice.

How does it work?

Browse the Catalogue of Books online or at the event. Then come to the Human Library® event desk and choose a book to borrow. Book and Reader meet at stations in the library for up to 30 minutes. All readers will receive a checkout receipt that includes questions to get them started and guidelines to follow for an engaging and respectful conversation. Bring your questions, curiosity, and openness to talk, discuss, and learn!

Can I reserve a Book?

Reservations can be made between September 18-20 by calling Millennium Library, Reader Services at 204-986-6779. Limit 2 per customer. After September 20, Human Book appointments can only be made in-person at the event on a first come, first served basis.

Learn more about Human Libraries

Learn more about Human Libraries around the world from

This video, "Being Read", shows the story of one human book. 37 mins. PuSH International Performing Arts Festival.

The Human Library explained in a Minute from Human Library Organization on Vimeo.

In partnership with Sarasvati Productions and FemFest. Funded in part by the Winnipeg Public Library Board, with support from the Human Library®.

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Last update: September 13, 2017