As a reminder, the library will be closed on Sundays through Labor Day. We will resume Sunday operations starting Sunday, September 8.

The library will have an all staff in-service training the morning of Friday, May 31. Normal operating hours will resume at 1pm.

In observance of Memorial Day, the library will be closed on Monday, May 27, and will reopen on Tuesday, May 28, at 10am.

Human Library

phpl, Prospect Heights Public Library, Human Library, Adult
phpl, Prospect Heights Public Library, Human Library, Adult

The Human Library ® is a safe space for dialogue and personal conversation. It is based on the idea that we all carry prejudices and that we all judge. This is why the Human Library ® publishes humans as open Books who engage in Readings, which are personal and honest 30-minute conversations. These conversations challenge stigma and stereotypes and celebrate differences. To read more about the Human Library ® and events that have taken place around the world, please visit

If your life was a story, what would it be?

The Prospect Heights Public Library District is seeking volunteers to be Human Books and share their personal experiences during in-person 1:1 conversations at our Human Library event 4-8 pm, Thursday, May 30. These experiences may include being discriminated against based on race, religion, sexual orientation, class, gender identity, disability; or stigmatized based on other aspects of your life; or as a child or parent of someone affected by bias. Other aspects may include occupation, lifestyle, body, diet, activism, bereavement, and more. For example, previous international titles have included Vegan, Single Parent, Muslim Woman, Environmentalist, and Security Guard.

At this event, Readers (attendees) will browse a list of Book titles. Then, they will engage in an open and honest 30-minute conversation with their Human Book of choice where every question on the topic is welcome.

If you are willing to be trained and to share your experiences with patrons as a Book, please complete the below volunteer form (preferred) or contact Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, Adult Services Reference Librarian.

Apply Here