A portrait of Nugget, Duke University's famous golden retriever, is added to the reading room at Duke’s Rubenstein Library on Sunday, April 1.

April Foolswatch 2018

April 5, 2018

A purrfect library Noting the popularity of Bertie, the library cat at the University of Nottingham (England) Hallward Library and inspired by Nottingham’s Kitty Café, Hallward Library announced that it would turn its top floor into the #Cattic, where students can study surrounded by cats. “We’re working closely with our vet school to ensure the … Continue reading April Foolswatch 2018



Library and Archives Canada announced the acquisition of the declassified journals and military records of soldier James “Logan” Howlett, who bears a striking resemblance to Hugh Jackman.

April Foolswatch 2016

April 4, 2016

A Soldier’s Life, Declassified The day’s clear viral victor was Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) announcement of the acquisition of the declassified journals and military records of soldier James “Logan” Howlett. “Logan’s journals provide valuable insight into his early life in Canada, including work as a miner in a British Columbia stone quarry, a fur … Continue reading April Foolswatch 2016


Sacramento Public Library announced that the Library of Things had evolved into a new Library of Cats, with apparently a lengthy borrowing period: "Patrons can now borrow a kitten and return a cat."

April Foolswatch 2015

April 3, 2015

A Truly Cool House: King County (Wash.) Library System—already known for its architecture—announced that its next facility would be “an homage to the card catalog,” although it is unclear if the drawers were functional and, if so, whether the users would access the top row by climbing ladders or if they would need to rappel … Continue reading April Foolswatch 2015


#AprilFools @ Your Library

April 2, 2013

In honor of April Fools’ Day, American Libraries compiled some of the best tweets circulating around the library twittersphere. In true LIS fashion, tweets range from information-centered and serious to whimsical and lighthearted. And as the internet has shown many a time: All’s well that ends with a kitten.


Professor Brian Trump of the British Library’s British Medieval Cookbook Project reported a near-miraculous find of a long-lost 14th-century cookbook with recipes for hedgehog, blackbird, and unicorn (pictured).

April Fools! The Year’s Best Library Pranks

April 4, 2012

Grilled Unicorn: Professor Brian Trump of the British Library’s British Medieval Cookbook Project reported a near-miraculous find of a long-lost 14th-century cookbook with recipes for hedgehog, blackbird, and unicorn. (If you’ve got a hungry family full of picky eaters, the book suggests marinating unicorn in cloves and garlic before roasting. Absolutely delicious.) No More Midwinter … Continue reading April Fools! The Year’s Best Library Pranks