Human Libraries is a programme of artist-led workshops, projects, commissions and happenings in community libraries in Bootle and Crosby. We believe that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the head and the hand” to offer to their community. Through artist-led activity, the Human Library creates ways for people to share these gifts.
We aim to make a new civic and cultural role for Sefton’s libraries, offering new experiences, new meeting points, new reasons to gather and ways to spend time together. Everyone is welcome and everything is free.
Over the past three years, artists and library-users have co-created projects – a collaborative press archive, a Bootle tapestry, a new wallpaper, community-wide skill shares, podcasts, feasts and library-cooked lunches, and a green oasis in Bootle Library.
To take part in the Human Library you can speak to one of the librarians in any of our Libraries, see the current programme on this website, or click through to find us on facebook, twitter or Instagram. Volunteers are always welcome.
We have worked with artists including Ciara Phillips, Harun Morrison, Jenny Steele, Jayne Lawless, Sumuyya Khader, Sean Roy Parker, Fairland Collective, Frances Disley and Bella Milroy, alongside local historians, gardeners, community organisations and educators. You can read more about some of these projects here.
The Human Library is curated and produced by Rule of Threes Arts in partnership with Sefton Libraries with funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery Community Fund.