From Library War Service to Science: Bibliotherapy in World War I

Courtesy of the American Library Association Archives

Have you ever read a book and felt healed by it?

Most readers can think of a novel that offered some comfort, a poem that presented direction, or even a biography that provided inspiration. The notion that books can heal is as old as reading itself but, during World War I, doctors and librarians joined together to apply reading as a form of therapy.


Explore the interactive elements of this exhibit by commenting on a poem used to treat TB patients during the war and by writing your own literary prescription.


This online exhibit is part of an exhibit on World War I and bibliotherapy on display at the Homer D. Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut.

ThisĀ online exhibit was written and curated by Mary Mahoney.