Womb chairs seen as bed bug-friendly removed by university

January 14, 2014

The University of Utah has eliminated the much-loved “womb chairs” from its library, partly due to fear that bed bugs, now eliminated from the library, might appear in them in future. The photo above shows an Eero Saarinen-designed womb chair in a retail store window, though Ellen Forsyth’s image here of womb chairs in use […]

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New York Times story on how libraries and their patrons respond to bed bug risks

December 6, 2012

New York Times journalist Catherine Saint Louis has a new story today about bed bugs in libraries. The article describes ways various libraries in the US have responded to bed bug infestations or tried to prevent them, and how library patrons are themselves responding to the risk of bed bugs in libraries and library books. […]

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Bed bugs hit more libraries, cause closures in Middletown, Connecticut and Wichita, Kansas

August 6, 2012

Many libraries have suffered bed bug problems in the past; and just last week, the Russell Library in Middletown, Connecticut and the Central Library in Wichita, Kansas both closed due to bed bugs. In Middletown, WTNH reported, bed bugs were found in several items: A bed bug was discovered in a DVD case and another […]

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Bed bugs found in books in New Westminster, BC public library

October 26, 2011

I know, I know: yet another bed-bugs-in-the-library story. But libraries are the new theaters, as far as bed bugs are concerned. This latest bed-bugs-in-the-library story is interesting: the bed bugs found in New Westminster’s public library were hanging out in multiple shelved books in two adjacent areas of the library. The Royal City Record reports, […]

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Bed bug shuts down Taylor Public Library in suburban Detroit

October 25, 2011

WXYZ reports that the Taylor Public Library (Taylor, Michigan) closed for part of Monday for bed bug treatment and canine inspection, after a single bed bug was found in the library’s computer room. (You can view the video on WXYZ if it does not appear above.) Another story by WDIV cited a library representative saying […]

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Libraries with bed bugs (Pace University is the latest)

October 11, 2011

Gothamist says it received a tip that the Pace University Library in lower Manhattan was closed yesterday for bed bug treatment. In Bedbugs Shut Down Pace University Library, Gothamist’s John Del Signore writes: A student who works in the Henry Birnbaum Library at Pace University tells us the library has been shut down so that it […]

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Bed bugs infest libraries in three cities: what can we learn from these cases?

September 30, 2011

The Mesa, Arizona Public Library and the Public Library in Norman, Oklahoma both became infested with bed bugs in the last ten days.  They recently troubled the Longmont, Colorado library. Are there any patterns here, and what can we learn from these cases? First, Mesa. reports, According to Mesa spokesman Steve Wright, bedbugs were […]

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“Business as Usual”: Bed Bugs at the Longmont, Colorado Library

August 22, 2011

Long-time readers of are familiar with this scenario: Local media reports that some local venue (e.g. a school, office or store) was shut down, briefly, due to a bed bug infestation. Pest control professionals have dutifully “treated” the place. The business owner or a local official reassures that “there’s no public health hazard”. This […]

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Bed bugs found in Indiana University library office

September 23, 2010

Fox 59 reports that two bed bugs were recently found in an administrative office in the Indiana University library in Bloomington. Bed bugs have not yet been reported in any other areas on campus (at least not in the last few months; this May 2010 article notes that evidence of bed bugs has been found […]

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Bed bugs close library in Fort Myers, Florida

September 14, 2010

The News-Press reports that a Fort Myers, Florida library has been closed due to a bed bug infestation in chairs in the computer area. The News_press notes that Workers are in the process of fumigating the building, said Sheldon Kaye, director of the Lee County Library System. A sign outside the library states ‘Closed for […]

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County libraries battling bed bugs

August 20, 2010

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cincinnati and Hamilton County libraries are trying to keep their premises and books bed bug-free. Bed bugs have turned up in the Norwood branch library, and the “hardest hit” department of the library system has been Outreach Services, which brings books to senior citizens and schools. So how are local […]

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The Mid-Manhattan branch of The New York Public Library has been battling bed bugs

August 5, 2010

WPIX reports that The New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan location on 5th Avenue at 40th Street has been battling bed bugs. And WPIX’s source claims the library is downplaying employee concerns about the issue: The employee told us a co-worker was bitten by a bed bug in early July, while checking out books for a […]

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