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March 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Human Library

Don't Judge a book by its Cover
An image of the Human Library at University of Essex


Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester, CO1 1JH
Drop-in, no booking required
Image courtesy of the University of Essex, who hosted a Human Library in 2015

Human Libraries take place across the world. Just like in a real library, a visitor to the Human Library can choose a book from a range of titles. The difference is that Books are people, and Reading is a conversation. Come along, meet people you wouldn’t normally meet, and celebrate positive differences in our communities.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s PLACE weekend, taking place at Firstsite in Colchester on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March.

Thanks to all those who contributed to our crowd funding campaign on Spacehive, for helping to make this event happen. Here’s the list of our Human Library Backers on Spacehive.

If you are interested in being a HUMAN BOOK and would like to know more, then please email us at [email protected] 


Human Library logo


Logo for Essex County Council


Logo for Essex Cultural Diversity Project


Logo for Firstsite



Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester, CO1 1JH

Hearing Loop: Firstsite does not have a hearing loop system in this room.

Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least five days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]