The Human Library®

Ashtabula County District Library has the distinct honor of being the first public library in Ohio ever to host an event for the Human Library® initiative. We’ve held three events to date, each with a different slate of subjects.

World War II veteran and patrons

One of our most popular Human Books, a decorated World War II veteran, chatting with young patrons at the Human Library®


Immigrant at table with patrons

Peruvian immigrant Human Book shares his experiences with Human Library® patrons



This unique program brings together volunteers who agree to be our Human Books. Patrons check out the Human Books for a one-on-one conversation about the subject of the Human Book — their life experiences. Human Books come from all walks of life.


This groundbreaking program was held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the Ashtabula building. Patrons learned about life as a decorated World War II veteran, or living with autism, or homeschooling — and many other fascinating subjects!

Subsequent Human Library® events have included new subjects, such as living with non-remissible cancer, working as a tattoo artist, being transgender, and life as a Mormon missionary.


(Photos by Gary Cartner and Helena Richardson)

Ashtabula Library/Administration
4335 Park Ave Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
phone: (440) 997-9341
fax: (440) 992-7714

  • Monday-Thursday: 9am-8:30pm
  • Friday: 9am-6pm
  • Saturday: 9am-5pm

Geneva Library / Bookmobile
860 Sherman St. Geneva, Ohio 44041
phone: (440) 466-4521
fax: (440) 466-0162

  • Monday-Thursday: 10am-8:30pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm

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