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Stony Brook University

The Human Library

An event for conversations that challenge stereotypes.

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The Human Library at Stony Brook University was an in-person event designed to challenge stereotypes and prejudice through open dialogue with real people. We will have a number of Open Books available for attendees to "check out" for 20 minute conversations. Each Book is a person with a story to tell based on their diverse backgrounds. 

The concept of the Human Library® was developed in Denmark in 2000 by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen. Library events have been held around the world in partnership with a variety of institutions. 

Large group of diverse people in black t-shirts standing in front of a wall of signs.

Open Books and Librarians at the Nov 1 Human Library event at Stony Brook University Libraries.

What is a Human Libary?

Event Partners

Sponsored by University Libraries and the DEIA Team with the Division of Student Affairs, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Intercultural Initiative (DI3), Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, and Diversity, Intercultural, and Community Engagement (DICE).

Support Services

The Human Library books are real people who have lived experiences that may be difficult to talk about. If you feel you need support or someone to talk to, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free and confidential services to enrolled students. You may call (631) 632-6720 or sign up online to schedule an appointment for counseling care.

Contact Us

Please email for more information regarding this event.