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Welcome to the Wilmington Community Human Library

An illustration showing the spines of books as faces of people

Randall Library at UNC Wilmington, the New Hanover County Public Library system, and the Cape Fear Community College Library are pleased to be hosting a Human Library event on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. The event will be held in the Pine Room at the Northeast Branch of the NHCPL, and will be free to the public.

A Human Library is an event in which human Books meet with curious Readers to answer questions about their identities and lives. It’s a space where one-on-one conversations are used to challenge stigma, stereotypes, and bias, bringing together people who might not ordinarily sit down at the same table. The range of possible book “titles” is nearly limitless, but examples of titles that have been featured in previous events include everything from “Bipolar” to “HIV+” to “Refugee.” You can get to know some of the titles featured by the official Human Library Organization on their website: https://humanlibrary.org/meet-our-human-books/

We’re currently seeking volunteer Books from frequently stereotyped, stigmatized, or minority populations to share their stories in casual but meaningful conversations at our event. To sign up as a Book, please fill out the Book Signup Form (to the right).

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t feel like I can define myself with one title or identity?
You don’t have to! The titles Books choose are intended to describe the topic you’re prepared to talk about that day, not you as a person.

What if I’m not sure if my title would fit in the Human Library?
Please reach out and ask! We’re always happy to answer questions about this event, as well as to help you work out a title that feels comfortable for you and meets the objectives of the Human Library. 

The Human Library Organization’s “Pillars of Prejudice” (PDF) document might help you start brainstorming what identities and experiences of yours could be of interest.

Do I need to do any work in advance or have previous experience with this?
Nope! We’ll ask that you attend one brief orientation session before the event, in which we’ll go over what to expect and let you briefly practice having these kinds of conversations with your fellow Books. No other preparation or experience needed.

What happens if I get uncomfortable with a question/a reader?
Books can refuse to answer a question or end a conversation at any time, for any reason. We inform Readers of this rule in our Reader Agreement, which we go over with them before they can check out any Books.

Will my Book title and information be listed online? Could this come up in a Google search of my name later?
We will never share your name, contact information, or photos of you without your permission.

Book Sign Up Form

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This is not a final commitment, and we can discuss this later if you would like feedback!
No need to write an essay; just give us more of an idea of what kind of experience you’re representing.

Contact Info

Questions? Email Eva Sclippa at sclippae [at] uncw.edu

Our Partners

Thank you to the New Hanover County Public Library and Cape Fear Community College Library for collaborating with us to make this project a reality! To learn more about them, and to explore their other events, programs, and services, please visit them at:

New Hanover County Public Library

Cape Fear Community College Library