The Graduate Health & Life Sciences Research Library at Georgetown University Medical Center

What is the policy for service animals in the library?


With the exception of the service animals, animals are not allowed in Dahlgren Memorial Library. While for the most part, service animals are trained to be quiet and unobtrusive, there are times when a library employee may encounter a patron with a service animal who is disruptive to the library environment and that employee may feel action needs to be taken.

Dahlgren Memorial Library follows the IDEAA Georgetown guidelines:
“If there is a reason to question whether an animal accompanying a student, faculty, or visitor to campus is a service animal or if it is not apparent that the animal is a service dog,” DML staff may ask the following questions:

  • “Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?”

  • “What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?”