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Check Out These 'Books' … Er Human Stories at UK

photo of Human Library "Borrow a Glitch" poster
photo of UK Human Library poster
photo of Human Library "Borrow a Classless" poster

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2017) There is obviously a lot to be learned from a book, but the human story can be just as valuable a teaching tool in today's society. In an attempt to highlight and learn from others in our community what it is like to live in their shoes and to not judge a "book" by its cover, the public is invited to borrow a "book" from University of Kentucky Libraries' Human Library™ on April 18.

The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The program allows members of oppressed and isolated communities to share their opinions, stories and life lessons with "readers" that would like to check them out as if they were "books," bound by a cover and back.

Often, people are sealed shut and placed on a shelf to never be opened and explored; the Human Library™ gives people the chance to be opened and read in real time, up close and personal through a 10-30 minute conversation.

Organized by UK Libraries diversity scholar interns Vaibhav Chitkara and Javoughn Brown, UK's Human Library™ will offer "book" circulation (or conversations) from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the William T. Young Library Multipurpose Room B108-C. To see a list of the "books" that will be available, check out the event's Facebook page at This event is free and open to the public.

​For more information on the Human Library™ at UK, email

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue