Rather than just stick to loaning out the standard books and research materials, the Yale Law Library is taking a proactive approach to helping students.
The library at the famed school is now letting students take out the library terrier Monty by checking him out just like books.
Here’s the actual catalog listing for Monty:
NOT CHK’D OUT – Ask at Circ. – DOG BASKET BEHIND CIRCULATION DESK – ASK AT CIRC:
1 dog (border terrier mix) : brown hair, 21 lbs. ; 33 cm at shoulder.
Monty circulates for 30 minute periods.
Graduate of Puppy School, 2000 (with honors), Certified Therapy Dog, 2010. Distinguishing features: white star on chest. Monty plays well with others and is fond of bacon. (Please don’t feed him hot dogs, that’s just wrong.)
Woof (unknown script).
Dogs in libraries.
Stress relievers for law students.
Aiken, Julian, owner.
Full name: General Montgomery
According to Springwise: In an email from librarian Blair Kauffman, recently quoted in New York Magazine, the library’s therapy terrier Monty will be available to “check out” for thirty minute periods, with the faculty claiming “it is well documented that visits from therapy dogs have resulted in increased happiness, calmness, and overall emotional well-being.”
The dog is ideal for the task not only because of his well-mannered temperament, but also because of his hypoallergenic status. Despite this, sessions with Monty will be confined to a designated non-public area to ensure there is no disruption to other students. The loaning of Monty will initially be run on a trial basis, but ABC News quotes a spokeswoman for Yale Law school Jan Conray stating “the interest in available slots has been high”.
Therapy dogs are already present at Tufts University in Massachusetts, Oberlin College in Ohio and UC San Diego in California, but this is the first time one has been loaned out alongside books. Sadly, Monty is no longer in circulation.