To ensure safety for Peter White Public Library staff and customers, the Board of Trustees of the Peter White Public Library has adopted the following policy regarding animals on the library grounds and inside the library facility.
Animals, except for specially trained service animals, are not allowed in the building without the prior approval of the Library Director, Assistant Library Director or a supervisor. Animals may not be left unattended on library grounds. Animals may not be tied to doors, railings, fences, bike racks, trees, shrubs, book boxes, or other items on library grounds.
A service animal is considered an accommodation by Federal and Michigan Law. The Americans with Disabilities Act requirements identifies a service animal as a dog that is specially trained to assist a person with a disability. A service animal may assist a person with a vision, hearing, or physical disability. The work performed by the service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability.
Michigan Law identifies interfering with a working service animal or to harass or abuse it as a misdemeanor.
Dogs in training to become a service animal are welcome at the Peter White Public Library as long as the animal is clearly identified (by vest,ID card or some other means). The animal’s trainer should identify himself or herself to PWPL staff upon entering the Library.
Certified Therapy Animals
Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals
- Be written on letterhead;
Contain the title, address, license number and phone number of the professional;
Verify that the person listed in the letter is under the care of the assessing physician or mental health professional;
Verify that the animal is required for emotional support or as a psychiatric service;
Not be dated not more than one year prior to the date it is presented.