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Our Living Library has arrived

Jun 19, 2019

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new online Living Library.

Here at the University, we’re lucky enough to have a diverse and inspiring range of colleagues working alongside us and now you have the chance to hear their story.

The Living Library is a unique experience, where the ‘reader’ (that’s you) will be able to borrow one or our ‘living books’ including “Being a Young Carer”, “Living with Sight Loss”, “Living with Bereavement”, and “A Tale of an Academic Misfit”, with many more to come. Through a one-to-one or small group conversation, our ‘books’ will provide you with a first-hand account of their experiences and their own perspective on their topic.

You’ll have an open conversation where anything and everything can be asked. We encourage our ‘readers’ to be curious and it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a range of topics so whether you want to explore an area you know a little about, find out more about a topic close to your heart, or simply have an interesting and inspiring conversation with some remarkable people, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s what one ‘reader’ had to say after the experience: "It was such a pleasure to speak to someone different and new, and to feel that I had permission to ask something without being offensive."

The University of Salford's Living Library is inspired by the Human Library concept that originated in Denmark, which was established to provide a platform to stop violence and challenge stereotypes. It brings people together, to investigate, learn, promote tolerance and encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural or lifestyle backgrounds.

Our library will continue to grow, so if you’re interested in becoming a living book please contact us click here.

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