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Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Library and Information Science | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Introduction: Hospital libraries, including ones designed for patient use, share a common history with hospitals in the evolution of health care delivery 1. The library as a component of the early “insane asylum” in the United States is well documented, and many had been established by the mid-nineteenth century. While these libraries certainly existed as a means of recreation for asylum patients, this historical communication will demonstrate they also served as a center for “bibliotherapy,” the use of reading as a means of healing.

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Levin L., Gildea, R. (2013). Bibliotherapy: tracing the roots of a moral therapy movement in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2013 Apr;101(2):89-91. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.2.003. Link to article on publisher's site

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