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Wollongong City Council

Wollongong Living Books

Wollongong Living Books is a program where real people, known as ‘books’, share their life stories and experiences.

As a reader, you can have a conversation with our ‘books’, ask questions, and listen to their stories.

Our ‘books’ come from lots of different backgrounds. They all have a unique story to tell that will help you see the world in new ways and challenge stereotypes.

This is a great program for students, community groups and the general public.

See the Meet Our Books page to find out who is part of our Living Books program.

  • Living Books events are held in a safe and open environment like a school library or community hall.
  • People at a Living Books event (we call them ‘readers’) can pick from our selection of living ‘books’.
  • Readers have conversations with their books in small groups. This usually takes about 30-40 minutes.
  • The 'books' welcome questions.

If your school or group would like to host a Living Books event, get in touch with us by email or call (02) 4227 7111.

Do you have an interesting life story that you’d like to share with others?

Call us on (02) 4227 7111 or email us if you’d like to volunteer to become a living book.

We’ll give you training and support to take part in the program.

The Wollongong Living Books program started in 2008. It was first called ‘Living Library’.
The program was inspired by the Human Library movement that began in Denmark in 2000.

Since we started, more than 8,500 conversations have happened as part of Wollongong Living Books!

Read our Living Books 10 year snapshot PDF, 5196.29 KB to find out more.