The University of Connecticut is providing its students with therapy dogs to help relieve the stress of final exams.

The dogs will be available for petting at the school's Homer Babbidge Library from Monday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

The program, named "Paws to Relax," began in the spring of 2010, when a library staff member suggested that puppies might help students cope with stress during finals week.

Registered therapy dogs from multiple organizations including Cold Noses, Warm Hearts; Allen's Angels; and Tails of Joy are taking part in the program.

The school said it is keeping the dogs in a space that won't impact students with allergies who may also need to use the library.