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Therapy Dogs Return to the Science Library

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December 3, 2018

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian,, (518) 442-3552; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries,, (518) 442-3568.

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Therapy Dogs Return to the Science Library

Photo of Therapy Dogs at the Science Library, University at Albany

Therapy dogs return to the Science Library on Thursday, December 6. The program is a part of the University Libraries’ Stress Less Month initiative.

The dogs will be in the Science Library Atrium from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. A staple on college campuses during exam seasons, therapy dogs have developed a reputation for alleviating test anxiety. Recent studies indicate they also diminish feelings of depression and stress.*

The organizer of the event, Outreach & Marketing Librarian Amanda Lowe, notes that the event is a fan favorite. “I love hearing so many students say how happy they are when they see the dogs,” she explains. “That's why we do it and that's what gets me excited.”

“A visit from the therapy dogs is the perfect end-of-semester program,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. “The University Libraries are happy to bring the campus community together during exam season.”

The program is free and open to students, faculty, and staff.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University at Albany Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 125 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (, the UAlbany Libraries serve the University's students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit

* Amber Lannon and Pamela Harrison, "Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness with a Therapy Dog Program at Your University Library,"Public Services Quarterly 11, no. 1 (2015): 13-22,


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