Library Building Access

Georgetown University (GU) and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) Patrons

Dahlgren Memorial Library (DML) adheres to the University’s ID badge policy and requires that an ID be visible when you enter the facility. DML staff, including student staff, will ask to see your ID if it is not readily visible. Both GOCard and the MGUH ID are acceptable. If you do not have either of these, you will be asked to present a current picture government ID and the IS Desk staff will verify your status at Georgetown University. If you do not have your GOCard or MGUH ID during non-staff hours, you will not be able to enter the library.

Visitor Policies

Visitors will be welcome Mondays-Fridays 9am-Noon. Visitors are required to sign in at the Information Services Desk and must have a Government issued ID card to show the library staff. Visitor access is not available on weekends or holidays.

Children in the library

For reasons of safety and consideration for our patrons, children under the age of 18 who are not a GU student or staff must be in the company of and under constant supervision of an adult. If children are disruptive or left unattended, both child and adult will be asked to leave the premises. Only the accompanying adult will be required to present their GoCard/MGUH ID or government issued ID.

Service Animals in the library

With the exception of the service animals, animals are not allowed in Dahlgren Memorial Library. While for the most part, service animals are trained to be quiet and unobtrusive, there are times when a library employee may encounter a patron with a service animal who is disruptive to the library environment and that employee may feel action needs to be taken.

Dahlgren Memorial Library follows the IDEAA Georgetown guidelines:
“If there is a reason to question whether an animal accompanying a student, faculty, or visitor to campus is a service animal or if it is not apparent that the animal is a service dog,” DML staff may ask the following questions:

  • “Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?”
  • “What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?”