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Light therapy lamps in high demand at Halifax Public Libraries

There are now 44 available to take home, which is more than double the number they started with when the program launched in late 2017
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It appears Halifax Public Libraries' light therapy lamp program is a success.

The therapy can help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which according to the Mayo Clinic is "a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter."

Fourteen full-sized lamps are available to use for free inside library branches throughout Halifax Regional Municipality. All you have to do is drop by a service desk at any branch and ask to book time.

The library also has smaller Light Therapy To-Go lamps that can be borrowed with a library card for up to two weeks at a time, and they are popular items.

There are now 44 available to take home, which is more than double the number they started with when the program launched in late 2017.

"Our portable lamps are out in constant use. We started out with 20 and have continued to add to the collection," explained HPL's director of public service Kathleen Peverill. "We have a waiting list for them. We have over 150 people currently waiting to borrow a light therapy lamp."

She said if the wait becomes unreasonably long, they'll consider adding more to their inventory.

To put your name on the list, search the library catalogue for "Light Therapy To-Go lamp" and place a hold on the item.

It's recommended that the lamps are only used for around 20 minutes at a time. Whether it's at the library or at home, all users will need to go over a list of Light Therapy safety facts and a disclaimer before spending time with one.

Library staff can also provide a list of reputable websites where people can do their own research and get more information.

Since the program started, they've been getting a lot of positive feedback.

"We had one business woman share that she feels great. She gets more work done and faster while she's using our lamps," Peverill said. "One community member said she's replaced her second cup of coffee with a session sitting beside one of the library's light therapy lamps."




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