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Animals in the Library

The only animals allowed in the CORE Library Building are service animals. Service animals are dogs or miniature horses trained to perform a service related to an individual’s disability. They are allowed by law into any public building, but the owner has a responsibility to maintain control over the animal so that it is not disruptive.

Patrons who bring animals that are neither dogs nor miniature horses into the CORE will be asked to take the animal out of the building. Any patron whose dog causes a disruption in the building will be asked to leave.

Guidelines for Library Employees:

Staff members are allowed to ask only two questions about service animals:

  1. Is the service animal required because of a disability?
  2. What work or task has the service animal been trained to perform?

Staff members are not allowed to ask:

  1. Questions about the person's disability
  2. Asking the individual to produce medical documentation of a disability
  3. Asking to see a special identification card or training documentation for the service animal
  4. Asking that the service animal demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task

Additional Information:

Please contact Accessibility Services at (510) 885-3868 or go to for more detailed information