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Animals in the Library

With the exception of service animals, no animals are allowed in Schumann Library.  

Service Animals 

Service animals are defined under federal law as:

“…dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, [and] alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure...Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”

Schumann Library staff acknowledge and understand that the definition does not require licensure or certification of the service animal by any governing body.

The Library has the right to exclude any service animal that:

  • presents a direct threat to the health or safety of others,
  • is out of the owner’s control (when the owner does not take steps to control it), or 
  • is not housebroken. 

Support Animals

In general, the Library does not permit emotional support (or “comfort” or “therapy”) animals; if you believe that an exception should be made in your case, please contact: circdesk@wit.edu.

[Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, ADA Requirements: Service Animals (https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm)] 

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