The Human Library Launceston: Our Program



How does a Human Library work?

A human library sets up a comfortable space for dialogue and interaction where members of the public are given an opportunity to speak informally with a living Book who tells a story about her or his experience. Check our Living Book titles!

A `reader’ enters the story by asking questions or telling about their own experiences. It’s up to reader and living Book how they will use the half hour they can spend together. The Books are varied in age, sex and cultural background.

The human library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging prejudice in a positive and humourous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.

Our program wants to be a simple and direct contribution to social cohesion in Launceston. The program runs thanks to the participation and involvement of volunteers.


Do you want to try our program as a reader?

  • Check our Calendar of Events, the time and venues from which we will operate in the coming months.
  • Come along, it’s free! (except for our February event which is part of a major community festival, Festivale where entry fees apply)
  • Choose a Living Book you wish to talk to from the list of available `titles’ on the day.
  • Most `readings’ are scheduled for 20mns but can be shortened or extended.
  • And if you liked the unique experience of talking to a Living Book, then ask us how to become a Living Book yourself or a Committee member.


Our program may also be able to come to you

If you are a community organisation and believe a visit by the Human Library would be of benefit to your client group, contact us. We may be able to organise an event at your organisation location.