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Living Library - Don’t judge a book by its cover!

Everybody has a story to tell. The Living Library lets you discover those stories…

The concept was originally invented in 2000 by a group of young people in Denmark to foster dialogue, challenge stereotypes, stigma, prejudice and discrimination. It became part of the Council of Europe’s programme for human rights education, as human rights cannot be defended by legal texts alone.

It works just like a regular library: after consulting a librarian and browsing a catalogue of titles, you select the book you would like to borrow and the time of the reading. The difference is its books are real people with a unique personal experience or perspective that they will generously share with readers. The readings are face-to-face conversations.

You have the opportunity to ‘borrow a book’ for up to 30 minutes after having reserved a ‘reading’.

The Living Library is located on the first floor of the Kesselhaus (KH6).

The librarians will be available from 12:30 to 14:30 and 15:00 to 17:30 on 25 and 26 September. They can answer your questions, tell you more about the concept, and will help you select a book and reserve a reading.

Reading times start at 13:00, 13:30, 15:30, 16:00 and 16:30 on 25 September and 26 September, based on the availability of each book.

You can also browse the library catalogue and reserve a reading via the booking module of the FRF app.

The Living Library provides a unique opportunity for FRF participants to connect, to better understand the life experiences of others, and to challenge any assumption they may have, since no person can be summed up in just one word. It encourages active and engaging conversations for a greater understanding of each other’s stories.

Drop by and connect with other rights advocates and rights holders at the Living Library, where books can speak!

The FRF Living Library is supported by the City of Vienna.


An overarching theme of the Forum is to look at how we can move conversations about human rights issues into the mainstream.

An Ideathon is a way of putting communication ideas into practice. Over three days, the Ideathon will take YouTubers, film makers, cartoonists and journalists on a learning journey about human rights communication.

The task is to use their communication skills to take the Forum’s messages to a wider audience.

The Ideathon is supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands.

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