Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library on January 20, 2020.

  • Pets are not allowed in the library.
  • While the library occasionally presents educational programs that feature animals, members of the public may only enter the library with an animal if it is a service animal that requires an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Under the ADA, a service animal is a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The dog must be trained to take a specific action to assist the person with a disability, and the task(s) performed must be directly related to the disability.
  • Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals which have not been trained to perform a specific job or task do not qualify as service animals under the ADA will be asked to leave the Library.
  • If it is not obvious that a dog brought into the library is a service animal, a staff member may ask the following questions: 

1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?

2. What specific work or task has the dog been trained to perform

  • A staff member attempting to ascertain whether a dog is a service animal will never ask about the nature of a person’s disability.
  • Service animals must be under the immediate control of their handlers at all times.
  • Service animals which are not housebroken, bark excessively, are uncontrolled, or are otherwise disruptive will be required to leave the premises.
  • Service animals are not allowed on library furniture.