“As in a real library, the Books are the most important resource of the Living Library. It is important to put together a collection of good “literature” and to look after the Books well.The selection and recruitment of the Books is perhaps the most crucial, complex, and sensitive aspect of a Living Library.

Not everyone who wants to be a Book can be one. Books should consciously represent groups that are at risk of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Books must be informed and trained on how to be a book.They have to be able to work well together and should be ready and able to talk about themselves.They should be both mentally and physically able and ready to be part of the Living Library. Books should have mature and stable personalities and be ready and able to communicate with wide array of Readers. Most importantly, they must be authentic, with meaningful personal experiences on their subjects as well as reliable and willing to commit themselves to the expectations of the Living Library organisers.”

Don’t judge a book by its cover!, The Living Library Organiser’s Guide 2011, Council of Europe



  • Prepare yourself

-Design the story.

-Select the relevant content.

-Set the frame and the limits.

-Rehearse the story.

-Structure the narration.

-Imagine possible questions.

-Be ready for emotional situations.

-Ask questions – don’t hold back from asking what you don’t know.

  • Be committed

-Be there on time.

-Make sure you don’t draw back when it’s time.



  • Respect the rules

-Don’t leave before the end.

-Show tolerance and patience.

-Make sure you apply the protocol.

-Ask help when needed.

-Keep track of time and manage it wisely.

  • Stay true to your story

-Know your limits.

-Adjust your narrative strategy when needed.

-Be as objective as you can.

-Acknowledge your personal biases.

-Don’t generalize.

  • Be emotionally intelligent
  • Perform well

-Appropriate voice tone.

-Be interesting.

-Present yourself attractively.

-Be active.

-Use body language.

-Thank the reader.



  • Give feedback

-Cooperate with organizers.

  • Release the stress

-Emotionally debriefing.

  • Evaluate yourself

-Contemplate on the experience and think of ways to improve.

-Be open to learning new perspectives of your story.


Members of the group: 

Evangelia Moula

Matias Adam

Lamees Abdeljalil

Robert Gemayel



2 thoughts on “GUIDELINES FOR HUMAN BOOKS – Living Libraries

  1. Evangelia Moula

    this was the most exciting learning experience ever!!!

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