Why the Human Library?

Current Activity

Why do we need Human Libraries?

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 provides a creative and practical strategy for doing this by making it possible for people to "read" a person, instead of a book.


Using this method of dialogue, the Human Library offers people the opportunity to meet other people that they don’t normally meet and to speak about topics that people often don’t get the chance to talk about.

By creating safe spaces for people to “read” another person (a Human Book), the Human Library engages people in a process of gaining greater understanding about human diversity and increasing respect for difference.


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Perth Human Library

Moving Forward

As life in Perth and WA has returned to a more reliable rhythm in 2021, the Perth Human Library feels that it is now possible to recommence its activities with more confidence and security than has been the case in previous months. 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 and you want to express your interest in becoming a Human Book or organising a Human Library, please visit the Human Library Organisation website.


For any other enquires or to find out more, contact us and see what is possible.

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.