The Human Library at Wells

March 29, 2018
Students will participate as “books” in a unique event that breaks down stereotypes and promotes interpersonal understanding.
human library graphic with portrait of student

Wells College will host our first-ever Human Library, co-hosted by Long Library and the Office of Campus Life for Diversity and Inclusion. This event is designed to promote conversations between people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences in order to break down stereotypes and encourage inclusion. This event will take place on April 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. and April 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Learning Commons of Long Library.

The books in the Human Library are volunteer members of the campus community, each available to borrow and talk to about their experiences, outlook, aspirations, and more. There are currently nine planned; see the titles on the library website.

“Human Libraries are popping up all over the world, in all sorts of settings,” said organizer Tiffany Raymond, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Wells. “I had heard about the program through library blogs that I follow, and then I attended a conference with a librarian from another university who talked about their program. I thought it would be a great event for Wells.

“Our students love to talk about their experiences and their differences, and they love to share with others. I’m hoping that this program not only helps foster inclusion and diversity, but that it helps our students learn to deal with difficult questions, engage with experiences other than their own, and look at the world from another viewpoint.”

This event is open to everyone—just bring an open mind and treat everyone participating with respect. For more information, please visit our Reader Guidelines page.

The Human Library is a worldwide movement. For more information, you can visit The Human Library Organization at

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