Library Dogs

Library Dogs Aren’t Just for Public Libraries

My post about Ace the Library Dog led to some great questions and to a few friends sharing their experiences with similar programs. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some a few interesting links regarding library dog programs.

After exhaustive research (okay, after typing “library dog” into google), I struck gold in the form of As you may guess, this site is a wealth of information on the who, what, where, when, and why of welcoming therapy dogs into your library. There are also a number of links to various reading, training and certification programs on this site.

I also found two interesting examples of academic libraries putting library dogs into circulation.

Monty is a relatively recent addition to Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library. While there are a number of articles debating Monty’s usefulness, and some warning of the health implications of allowing a dog in the library (gasp!); Monty’s circulation status and photo can be found in the current catalog at The Lillian Goldman Law Library.

Cooper is a therapy dog at Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library. Cooper was welcomed with open arms by students, professors and staff alike.

And here are a few links to Public Libraries that have successful Library Dog programs:

Harvard Public Library is employing story time pups.

Wake County Public Library has a similar program–look for their “Read to a Dog” program under events.

Feel free to post your own link!

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