Answered By: David McCaslin
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017     Views: 12

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are welcomed and permitted in the Caltech Libraries. Per ADA, service animals are trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. For details, please see ADA Requirements on Service Animals. No other animals are permitted (e.g.  comfort or therapy dogs).

The Library seeks to provide a safe and productive environment for all its users and staff.  The following service animal guidelines are to be observed:

  • Service animals must be in physical proximity with their handler and under handler control at all times with a leash or harness at all times, unless the leash or harness interferes with the animal’s performance of service task.
  • Service animals may not be left unattended by their handler at any time.
  • Service animals must not display disruptive behavior such as barking or growling.
  • The handler is responsible for any upkeep or clean-up of the service animal. 

If a service animal's behaviors or actions pose an unreasonable or direct threat to the health or safety of others, or do not conform to these guidelines, it may not remain in a Library facility.  If the service animal is excluded from a Library facility, the individual with the disability is welcomed to stay and will be reasonably accommodated by Library staff.

If you have questions regarding these guidelines, please contact David McCaslin at djm@caltech.edu or 626-395-6412.

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