Welcome to the Human Library Chicago Chapter website. Due to some exciting new details regarding our official 501c3 non profit status, we are rebuilding our website to better illustrate how our donations are used, display information regarding our board and staff. Our expected launch will be in January 2017. You are still welcome to email our organization regarding any inquiries you may have.


A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and participants in the event can ‘read’ the book- meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are volunteers from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the community to share and understand the experiences of others in their community.


There are a lot of things the Chicago community can gain from this event. Participants, both volunteers and the public, can gain the understanding that dialogue between people can work to break the barriers that separate us. Additionally, participants will walk away with the mutual understanding of being human beyond a single identity. Our volunteers cherish the experience to share their narrative with others and forge new connections.


The Human Library is an international movement that started in Denmark in the year 2000 and has since made its way through over 30 countries. Human Library Chicago was created with the permission of the Human Library Organization. The Human Library Chicago team is working hard to bring regularly scheduled Human Library events to the Chicago area. Please fill out our contact form if you are interested in volunteering. We are always looking to meet more people interested in the Human Library mission.



We are currently seeking volunteers for our upcoming events. Apply to volunteer with us. 


Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Time: Noon to 4pm

Location: Chicago Public Library- Back of the Yards, 2111 W. 47 th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Human Library Chicago will hold a Human Library event at the Back of the Yards Chicago Public Library branch. This event will feature up to 12 Books sharing their stories with the public. This will be the 10th event that Human Library Chicago has organized.


The Human Library Chicago program is administered by Intersection, a not for profit with the purpose of engaging and educating communities through social contact and raise awareness of social issues. Human Library Chicago is Intersection’s main program.

The Human Library Chicago program provides all it’s events completely free to the public. However, behind the scenes, there are expenses. Contributing enables us to provide volunteers with T-shirts, to promote events with posters and flyers, to give out promotional materials at an event, and provides lunch for volunteers. Additionally, we may participate in festivals and require funds to pay for a space. All contributions are greatly appreciated and used efficiently to bring the best events to the public.

At present, donations to Intersection cannot be claimed on income tax filings. We are presently working on obtaining IRS 501(c)(3) status, which will then allow following donations to be claimable.