Human Library

Real People– Real Conversations.

Join a worldwide movement for social change at Kershaw County Library.


What is The Human Library®?
The Human Library® is a library of people. Events are hosted around the world where readers can borrow human beings, who serve as open books, and have conversations they would not normally have access to. Every human book from our bookshelf represents a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization, or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin, etc.

How do I participate?
You Can Be A Book.
Do you defy a stereotype? Do you have valuable experiences that readers could benefit from learning about? Are you motivated to help challenge stigma and stereotypes through dialogue and one-on-one conversations? We’d love to have you volunteer to share your story. To sign up to be a book, simply fill out a volunteer application online or visit any branch of KCL to fill out the form in person. We are actively seeking books to participate in an upcoming event this winter. Consider signing up today.
You Can Be A Reader.
Reading a book in The Human Library® is more than you expect and something you will never forget. It is also an opportunity to meet a lot of people that are different from you and yet you will find you share a lot in common. Respect the book, be curious, and learn from another’s experience. Signing up to be a reader is not yet open to the public. More information will be published closer to the actual event date.