A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people.

“Books” are community members who have volunteered to share their experiences of prejudice and/or discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, disability, or another aspect of their lives. “Readers” and “Books” engage in a dialogue designed to expose people to experiences that are different from their own and to encourage a deeper understanding among members of a community.

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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 70 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.

Our organization 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.


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


Human Library at National Veterans Art Museum

When: Saturday, May 11th, Noon to 4:00 pm

Location: National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor (Museum is wheelchair accessible)

About National Veterans Art Museum.

Join the Human Library’s fourth annual event at the National Veterans Art Museum. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. Members of the public are welcome to attend this free event.

Book titles available will include:

Growing up in a blended and biracial family
Immigrant experiencing culture shock
Physical Disability
Senior Olympian
Transgender Nonbinary
Vietnam Veteran


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.

Intersection is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations made to Intersection are tax deductible.