Human Library Tilburg

Human Library Tilburg

Date: Time: 13:30 Location: LocHal, Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1000, Tilburg

At Human Library you don't borrow books, but persons! On February 13 was the latest edition of Human Library Tilburg, the largest Human Library in the Netherlands. Being present you could have discovered what lies behind the first impression of a transsexual, refugee or war veteran. Or taken part in the group talks and lectures. The grand opening was provided by Leon van der Zanden. (language Dutch & English / Certificate*)


If you missed this edition, we have to disappoint you, because no new editions of Human Library Tilburg are scheduled for the time being.
Academic Forum however organizes many other interesting events, in which you can challenge your prejudices. Check the Academic Forum agenda!

Human Library

Human Library

Human Library is an originally Danish concept that is conquering the world. As a visitor, i.e. reader, to Human Library you choose from the 'human library' a book title that you want to know more about.

You subsequently join the 'human book' at the table and the 'reading' can begin. The book tells his or her story. As a reader you can ask the book all the questions you want and, conversely, the books can ask the reader all sorts of questions. In a reasonably short period - a conversation lasts up to 30 minutes - the readers hopefully allow their prejudices to be challenged. By starting a conversation, the living books hope to contribute to more understanding.

"Very personal stories"

This was the eighth edition of Human Library in Tilburg. A visitor of Human Library said about her experience:

What touched me most was the personal character of the dialog and the possibility that two people who have only just met for the first time can directly share very personal stories. It was a very special experience for me, a wonderful book that I will not easily forget.

During Human Library, you did have the opportunity to 'borrow' several human books. You also could have visited lectures by a number of Tilburg University scholars as Odile Heynders on feminism,  Max Spotti on immigration and identity, and Henriette Prast on women in economics.

You also could have joined a group walk 'Walk without Judging'  by Walk life coach Annemieke, or told your own story to the Listening officer Julia van de Griendt. Especially for this edition of Human Library there was a creative workshop ‘De Blikopener’ by Yda Sinay, workshop leader and tour guide at Museum De Pont, about the power of stereotyping.


An impression of the program on February 13, 2020.

See also Facebook: @humanlibrarytilburg.

  • Opening Human Library Tilburg by Leon van der Zanden (Dutch & English)
  • Exhibition and stories 'Toen mijn vader nog een gastarbeider was' ('When my father was still a migrant worker' - Dutch)
  • Free Listening with Free Listener Julia van der Griendt (Dutch & English)
  • Lecture by Postdoc researcher Marjolein de Boer on 'The emancipatory significance of representations of women on infertility reality TV' (English)
  • Group walk 'Walk without Judging'  with Wandelcoach Annemieke (Dutch)
  • Art workshop ‘ De Blikopener ’ (the art and power of stereotypical thinking) by Yda Sinay (Dutch & English)
  • Documentary 'T is Goed Zo (A Diginified Death) by Jesse van Venrooij in the presence of  Monique de Gooijer, mother of Eelco (Dutch, with English subtitles)
  • Lecture associate professor Max Spotti on Immigration and rejected identity (English)
  • Lecture by professor TiU Henriette Prast on Women in Economics (Dutch)
  • Art workshop ‘ De Blikopener ’ (the art and power of stereotypical thinking) by Yda Sinay (Dutch & English)
  • Kopje Soep met Ingrid Hazenberg (cup of soup with a life story) in collaboration with FoodLab and Stadstuinderij (Dutch)
  • Lecture professor TiU Odile Heynders on Feminism (Dutch)

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Human Library in Tilburg is a collaboration of Academic Forum (Tilburg University), the Midden-Brabant Library and the study associations Animo and Complex.

*  This activity may count towards the Academic Forum Certificate (the report on this event should at least cover one lecture and one human book you have read).