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Why the Human Library?

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Why do we need Human Libraries?

Human Libraries exist because living with difference is an unavoidable part of modern life and we need to find ways of engaging with difference that help us create positive outcomes as individuals and as groups. 


The Human Library uses a method of dialogue to offer people the opportunity to meet other people that they don’t normally meet and to have conversations about topics that people often don’t get the chance to talk about.


Using this method, the Human Library provides safe spaces for people to “read” another person (a Human Book), and to gain greater understanding about human diversity and to increase people's respect for difference.


People who have read our Human Books tell us that the Human Library gives people...

a window on another world…

fun, laughter, knowledge, understanding and tolerance…


a wonderful insight into another person’s experiences and it gave me time to think about how I would respond in the future in a similar situation. It was eye-opening.

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Perth Human Library


If you would like to express interest in participating in the Perth Human Library by hosting a Human Library event or exploring what it means to be a Human Book, please go to our contact page on this website and submit an enquiry.

The Human Library is structured and organised via a series of local depots. The Perth Human Library Depot co-ordinates and facilitates all things Human Library in WA.


If you are outside of Western Australia, you must enquire via the Human Library Organisation website. It is our understanding, however, that the HLO is not currently accepting new interest in Australia.


If you are outside of WA and you are seriously interested in the ideas that the Human Library embodies and committed to doing something productive with your interest, you may send an enquiry or the Perth Human Library and we will consider if we might be able to assist.