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1. The Reader must respect the Book, even if he/she does not share their opinions, beliefs or view of life. The Human Library is based on mutual respect.

2. The Human Book may return to the library before the time limit has been reached if the Book feels hurt or mistreated.

3. The organizers have the right to remove the reader from the session if there is any disrespect shown towards the books.

4. The loan period for a book is for 35 minutes

5. Please do not use cell phones during your conversation session

6. The human books welcome your questions

7. The Reader is not allowed to ask the Human Book for personal contact information.

8. If you feel uncomfortable during a conversation with a human book, you can:

  • Steer the conversation back to a more comfortable discussion

  • Ask for assistance from staff

  • End the conversation & inform staff

  • Do not hesitate to ask library staff for assistance at any time

9. The Reader should return the Book in the same emotional and physical condition as it was taken out.

10. All requests for further contact should be through Pragyan


Tips for Readers

Readers have participated in the much-acclaimed Human Library events all around the world in various ways. They have done so too -

  • Step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves by talking to a human book whose experiences or beliefs are different from their own

  • Talk to a book that they can relate to

  • Out of curiosity

  • To step into someone else’s shoes

  • To learn more about a topic or the book’s experience