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Jan 03

Introducing Light Therapy Lamps at the Library

Posted on January 3, 2022 at 1:47 PM by Lindsey Kult

The library's collection of "Library of Things" is growing!  This week we introduced light therapy lamps for in-library use to our patrons.  

Person using Light Therapy Lamp at the Library

Who can check out these lamps?

Library card holders who are over 18 years old and are in good standing (fines below $10) can check a lamp out.  An adult may check out a lamp for their children, but must remain with the child at all times during the usage of the Light Therapy Lamp.  

Where can these lamps be used?

The lamps can used at any outlet in the library!  They cannot be taken home from the library.  We have study rooms available if you want relax in a quiet and secluded area. 

How long are the lamps available for check out?

Lamps have a check-out period of 1 day.  However, because they do not leave the building they must be returned by library closing.

Why do people use these lamps?

Light Therapy Lamps are excellent for people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  The lamp mimics natural outdoor light and is thought to affect brain chemicals that provide relief from symptoms of SAD and other forms of depression.  

Michigan is one of the greyest states in the country so people might also just want some simulated sunshine.

How do you use the lamp?

The risk of injury from using a Light Therapy Lamp is possible.  It is important to avoid looking directly at the light.  Place the lamp so the light hits your face.  Long press the Power button to set a timer on the lamp for 30 minutes.

We hope you enjoy the opportunity to use a Light Therapy Lamp at the library!