The genius of human libraries

Welcome to the Human Libraries.

The concept is simple - instead of checking out a book, you "borrow" a person who has stories to tell gathered from a unique life experience. For half an hour, you can sit down with someone like a prostitute, a politician, or a funeral director, all of whom have incredible stories to share.. and unlike a book, they're able to answer your questions and tailor the storytelling experience to you.

The unique idea to check out humans started in Denmark in 2000 as way to curb youth violence, and has since grown into an international project to promote compassion, understanding, and knowledge between people of all kinds. The project has worked so well that some cities have even set up permanent, award-winning libraries.