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Originally a Danish idea, 2000,
debuted at Roskilde Festival.
Book depository in Copenhagen,
Esbjerg/Varde and Aalborg on its way.
24-30 yearly invitations in
Schools, high schools, libraries,
conferences and different gatherings.
Widely used in more than 80
Last week Kenya, next week
Botswana. By 2020 we reach 100
An overview of
has spread to
are joining us
The good book
A good book doesn’t give a lecture,
but has a conversation with its readers
Introduction, opening, index of a kind -
typically 3-5 minutes
Creates comfort, proves that your
openness exists, responds honestly
You are only an example of the group
in society that you represent on the
You are a source for more information
Gives the reader space to ask
questions, listens and takes the time to
respond based on own life exp.
There are rules for lending a
book that the readers are
asked to comply with.
They must take part in creating
a good atmosphere and disarm
any scepticism among readers
about the premise of the
Then the rules will protect both
parties to the conversation.
The different publication formats
Different kinds of
Classic Human Library
● Counter instruction, one-on-one,
flexible location, actively chosen to
Visiting education establishments
● Instructions in plenum,
conversations in groups, actively
chosen to participate and fixed
● Instructions in plenum,
conversations in groups, changing
location, inactively chosen to
Most often one-
The reader has
The list of our
different books is to
be found on the
counter to give the
reader an overview.
about rules of
Titles that speak
both Danish and
English are to be
found in the English
folder as well.
A busy counter at
Krystalgade on a
Books are waiting
in a room (book
are called in
readers show up
and choose their
Instructing the readers at the loan counter
A group of readers at Wilderness Festival 2017
The counter at
was in the middle of
depository was in a
The Human Library visiting education
establishments: “school visits”
Small groups of readers are gathered in a
room or a corner with a good book.
school having a
At school visits
More conversations about our
diversity than ever before
Building Book Depots across the
Mobilizing thousands of
Refusing to accept censorship
Bringing attention to Human
Rights and the work for more