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Preston Medical Library is more than an information center. The library’s mission is to assist UT Medical Center in providing excellence in healing, education, and discovery. One of the library’s values is innovation. We actively pursue new methods and the use of technologies in order to provide services essential to our patrons. In April 2012, Preston Medical Library developed and launched two innovative services that promote education, increase empathy, improve communication, and reduce stress.

The library partnered with the Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.) to offer regular stress-reduction dog visits. Additionally, the library launched Literary Rounds: Where Medicine Mingles with the Muse - an author reading and conversation series. Both programs support complementary and alternative initiatives at UT Medical Center and the UT Graduate School of Medicine’s narrative medicine curriculum. Patrons who participate in these programs gain an enhanced perspective of "library as place."

The Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.)

Knoxville literary rounds narrative medicineIn collaboration with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and the Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (H.A.B.I.T.), Preston Medical Library hosts regular canine-assisted stress reduction visits.

To prepare for participation in the H.A.B.I.T. program, Preston staff attended a mandatory information session. The session covered everything from how the dogs are temperament tested and selected for service to the careful health screenings required for the dogs. The session also included information on the benefits of the human-animal bond.

H.A.B.I.T. visits currently occur weekly on Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to noon. and Wednesdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. Cancellations sometimes occur due to weather or illness. If you are planning a visit to coincide with when the H.A.B.I.T. dogs are at the library, please call 865-305-9525 in advance to confirm they will be visiting.

To find out more about H.A.B.I.T. dog visits at Preston Medical Library, contact Donna Doyle at or 865-305-8776.

Literary Rounds: Where Medicine Mingles with the Muse

Poetry Knoxville DonnaLiterary Rounds is a monthly public reading and conversation series focused on the following objectives.

Participants will:

  1. Gain knowledge of literature and writing as important aspects in the practice of integrative medicine.
  2. Gain enhanced empathy skills and interpersonal communication skills by participating in discussions with a diverse community of participants.
  3. Gain appreciation of the role of literature and writing as contributing factors in total wellness - mind, body, and spirit.

Literary Rounds is held monthly on the second Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. The series is free and open to the public.

Literary Rounds launched in April 2012. The program is organized and managed by Donna Doyle, Communications & Programs Coordinator, at Preston Medical Library. To find out more about Literary Rounds, contact the program coordinator, Donna Doyle, at or 865-305-8776.


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