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The Human Library

On Thursday, November 7, between 11 - 4 p.m., on the Jazzman Café patio (weather permitting - rain location will be in St. Robert's Auditorium) LMU will host its second annual Human Library, as a part of an international movement designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices, and encourage understandings, simply through the art of one-on-one conversation. 

How does a Human Library work?

Just like a regular library! A Reader borrows a Book for a limited period of time. Usually, the Reader is interested in the stories they might find within a particular Book. After borrowing the Book, the Reader returns it to the Library, and if they like, they may check out another Book. But there is one significant difference. The Books in the Human Library are human beings, and each Book and Reader has the opportunity to engage in unique, individual dialogue about the human experience.




What else do I need to know?

  • There are no advanced reservations! The Human Library will open at 10:30, 30 minutes before the first check-out session. At that point, Readers may put holds on Books for any session during the Human Library event (11-4). Maximum of one hold per Reader/Group. 
  • All other checkouts will be first-come, first serve. Walk-in checkouts may be available, so just stopping in is encouraged!
  • Check outs are for 30 minutes; up to 3 Readers can check out one Book at a time
  • 1 renewal will be permitted per Reader/Book, if there are no holds and the Book agrees
  • The Librarian will provide each Reader with a short list of conversation starters for their Book. (This is not always needed, but it's nice to have!)
  • The reader must return the Book in the same mental and physical condition as borrowed. It is forbidden to cause damage to the Book, or hurt his or her dignity in any way. The Reader is responsible for preserving the condition of the Book.
  • The Reader accepts the fact that the Book can quit the conversation if he or she feels that the Reader treats him or her in an inappropriate manner or hurts his or her dignity.
  • The last checkout will take place 30 minutes before the event ends.

Who are the Books?

As a part of this year's Bellarmine Forum, the Books available to check out on November 7 will reflect a spectrum of the human experience related to various aspects of restorative justice.

View the full catalog here. 

The LMU Human Library is brought to you by the William H. Hannon Library, the 2013 Bellarmine Forum, and Ignatians Service Org.

Thursday, November 7, 2013
11:00am - 4:00pm
Jazzman's Cafe / Patio
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Jamie Hazlitt

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