A wonderfully diverse team of volunteers is needed to be human 'Books' available to borrow for a chat to change perceptions, break down stereotypes and help people to find that we have more in common with each other. The Human Library will be coming to the University of Derby and the Buxton campus this November, giving opportunities for lots of people to be involved!

Human Library Bookspeople in library

In a Human Library the Books are people and reading is a conversation.
Human Book titles may include, for example, Refugee, Deaf, Transgender, Muslim, Wheelchair User, Eastern European, Carer, Bisexual, Pensioner, Pagan, Young Black Man, Goth, Hindu, Gender Fluid, Romani Gypsy, Bipolar, Sikh, Ex-Offender, Feminist, On Benefits, Punk, Mental Health Patient, etc - and by borrowing a human Book, the Readers get to know someone 'beyond the label' and media headlines.

You can find out more about the global Human Library initiative here:


Forthcoming dates

Training Workshop for new Book / Librarian volunteers.

Come along to a fun friendly session to prepare for your new role in the upcoming Human Library events - all your questions answered. Volunteer info also attached.
2-4pm Wednesday 19th October, at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road campus, Room S302 - come to the main reception for directions.

Human Library at University of Derby.

11am-2pm, Tuesday 1st November - the Atrium, Kedleston Road campus, Derby, DE22 1GB.

Human Library at Buxton Campus.

11am-2pm, Tuesday 8th November - 1 Devonshire Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6RY.
Based in Derby? Free minibus transport from University of Derby at 9am - please let me know if you'd like a place on the minibus and if you need to leave a car in the car park so we can arrange that for you.

More information

If you can take part in any of these events and if there is anything you need to access the venues or take part, please contact Vanessa on 07913 680088 (for Text Relay dial 18001 first) or vanessa@energise.biz. Or maybe you know someone else who'd make a great Book? Or feel free to pop by to borrow a Book and learn about another life.

The Human Library is a global equalities movement challenging stigma and prejudice, bringing together diverse human Books and Readers for informal learning. http://humanlibraryuk.org

Further information