Library Building Access

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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 sign in. 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

Current photo identification is required to enter the library. Upon entry, you will be asked to leave your ID with the front desk. You will receive a temporary ‘Visitor’ badge that you should display while you are in the library. Upon exit, you may pick up your ID from the front desk.

Georgetown University Alumni and the general public may visit Dahlgren Memorial Library, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. excluding University holidays.

Patrons who do not have any form of ID will be denied entry into the library.

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 the constant supervision of an adult. If children are disruptive or left unattended, both the adult and child will be asked to leave.

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?”