May 23, 2022

Beijing's First "Human Library" Opens

From Xinhua:

Beijing’s first human library opened Saturday night, with dozens of readers and six “living books” exchanging their life stories and ideas.

In a human library, also called living library, readers borrow and return books as they do in a normal one. But books in a human library are real people who engage readers in a direct dialogue. Also, readers can’t take a living book out of the library.


The human library concept originated in Denmark in 2000, and the idea has since spread around the world to over 45 countries. In China, such library has also sprouted in Shanghai and Guangzhou. It aims to reduce prejudices and promote tolerance and understanding via dialogue.

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