Living Library


The Living Library is an interactive event that brings the human dimension to the idea of diversity. We organise the Living Library and select unique ‘books’ for it in order to offer ‘readers’ the experience of dialogue and awareness of how the life of a real person representing a certain vulnerable social group differs from our preconceptions about it.


The COVID-19 epidemic has made vulnerability and insecurity of the people whose stories can be witnessed in the Living Library’s catalogue even clearer. That’s why we decided to bring the Living Library online and provide space for acquaintance with these stories and promoting tolerance in our society.


The ‘books’ are children and adults who often become the objects of prejudices and stereotypes in our society: representatives of LGBTQ+, feminists and pro-feminist men, vegans, women working in law enforcement, teenagers who are experienced in project organisation, parents who support their lesbian daughter, dark-skinned people or people with disabilities, such as a blind journalist or an advocate in a wheelchair, activists working with the homeless, and others.


We invite ‘readers’ from 27 April to 2 May, 3–6 p.m. to Zoom!


How does the online Living Library happen?

  • A person who wants to communicate with a ‘living book’ from the catalogue should fill out the registration form here.
  • On 24 April we will email you the catalogue with descriptions of the ‘books’ along with the form where you’ll be able to choose a ‘book’ and the preferred date and time of communication.
  • After confirming their choice, the ‘reader’ will get a reminder about the reading session one day before and a link to the session 15 minutes before the beginning.
  • The reading session lasts for 30 minutes due to the fact that our life now is filled with online activities and we don’t want to overload both the ‘books’ and the ‘readers’.
  • The ‘reader’ can choose not more than two reading sessions in a row.

The ‘readers’ should follow certain guidelines both in face-to-face and online reading:

  • you can communicate with only one ‘book’ at a time;
  • you should choose a ‘book’ that you wouldn’t normally meet in your everyday life;
  • you must return it to the library in the same physical and emotional condition;
  • there are no foolish, uncomfortable or sharp questions in the Living Library; nor is there any place for insults – either verbal or physical.


The first Living Library (Human Library) emerged in 2000 in Denmark at the Roskilde music festival. Its concept was developed by the Danish youth NGO ‘Stop the Violence’. Since then, the idea became very popular and was introduced also in Ukraine.


The Living Library breaks walls between people through communication. You should only try!


If you have any questions or suggestions, you can contact the Living Library coordinator Yana Salakhova –

April 2021