What happened to the library cat?

At every library I’ve worked at, my co-workers and I have always pondered, when will we get a library cat?

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This is a thing we know we will never get but really enjoy the idea of. Cats and librarians go together like peas and carrots and as such many a library has had a library cat. But this seems to be a dying breed. At new work places I have heard many a story of the old library cat but now a days these do not get replaced.

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I can understand why but I think it’s a shame this is dying out. For one spending just 15 to 30 minutes of quality time with a cat can calm your nerves and boost your mood. Here’s a whole article about the benefits of petting a cat I’m sure this would be useful for both staff and patrons especially at times of stress such as exam time at an academic library.

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If you would like to try and track down a library cat try this website: New Zealand library cats At the very least I am certain that the cat at the Devonport library is still around for pats and a good wander through the stacks.

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If you have any thoughts or stories about library cats please comment or like this post. We always welcome submissions. To do this please email theissuesdesk@yahoo.co.nz

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