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

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Human Library Book Drive: Info Session for Potential Volunteers

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Location: Read/Write Library, 914 N. California, Walton Entrance, Chicago, IL 60622

This event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP here. 

The Human Library Chicago is seeking volunteers!! Have you been interested in volunteering with Human Library Chicago as a Living Book or Librarian, but wanted to learn more about the organization? This event is for you! Attend this informational session and meet current volunteers of Human Library Chicago!

We’ll have:
– Drinks and Appetizers
– Meet some of our Board of Directors
– Hear from some current volunteers
– Learn what volunteering entails
– Learn more about Human Library events

Enter the space through the side entrance on Walton.

The Space:
Read/Write Library collects, preserves, and provides access to community media in order to inspire and promote diverse modes of cultural production and civic engagement by raising the visibility of work produced by Chicagoans of all backgrounds.

– ADA Accessible
– Gender Neutral Restrooms

Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Human Library at Lincoln Park Library Branch

Time: Noon to 4pm

Location: Lincoln Park Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1150 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Human Library Chicago will hold a Human Library event at the Lincoln Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library. This is the Human Library’s first visit to the Lincoln Park community. As the event approaches, this page will update with a list of Books that will be available.


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.