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Animals in the Library

Animals in the Library Policy PDF

Over five decades ago when Percival Baxter was on the Baxter Memorial Library Board of Trustees, he began a tradition of allowing animals in the library. Unfortunately, this tradition is no longer a viable option for the library. In January, a patron was attacked by a large dog in the library stacks. The dog, which has been in the library many times without incident, also attacked its owner. Although neither person was seriously hurt, the incident was very scary and the potential for harm was evident.

The Baxter Memorial Library Board of Trustees therefore unanimously voted to recommend to the Gorham Town Council a new policy regarding animals in the library. The Town Council voted to adopt the policy at their March 3, 2004 meeting.

The only animals now allowed in the library are service animals and animals participating in library sponsored programs. Animals may not be tied up along the pathway to the library or near the entrance.

For the safety and comfort of all library patrons, please leave your pets at home. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Library Director James Rathbun at 222-1190.

Adopted by Gorham Town Council 03/03/04

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