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The Library is open for students, staff, and faculty of The Claremont Colleges. Masks are required and eating is not permitted. See COVID-19 Services and Updates for more information.

The Claremont Colleges Library is committed to making our services, facilities, and collections accessible, inclusive, and safe for all of our users. If any of our spaces or resources present barriers, Library staff are available to provide assistance or make accommodations. 

This page provides information about how to gain access to and navigate our building, as well as the services and accommodations the Library and the Colleges provide. 

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Accessing the Building

The South entrance into the Library, which takes you to the first floor of the Honnold building, is accessible via a ramp. To use this ramp, approach this entrance from the West or South side of the building.

No animals are allowed inside the building unless they are certified as service animals in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Emotional support animals are not considered service animals, so they are not permitted inside the Library.

If you bring an animal into the Library building, Library staff may approach you to ask you the following two questions, as permitted by the Department of Justice, to ascertain if your animal is a service animal:

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

Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the service animal, require that the service animal demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the service animal handler’s disability.

If you are approached by other Library users regarding your approved service animal, please ask for assistance at the Main Services Desk.

Book Returns

There are two outdoor book drop bins that you may use to return your Library books. They can be found in the following locations:

  • Dartmouth Avenue and Eighth Street, in the southwest loading dock parking lot.
    • This book drop can be accessed from a vehicle, wheelchair or by walking up to it.
  • Columbia Avenue and Ninth Street (across from CMC’s Kravis Center)
    • This book drop can be accessed from a wheelchair or by walking up to it.

See map of the Library’s external book drop bins

There is also a book drop just inside the South Entrance of the Library building, which is accessible via a ramp. See Library hours to find out when this entrance is open

Navigating the Building

Library directories and maps are posted throughout the Library, providing more detailed locations of rooms and collections. For help navigating the building, stop by the Main Services Desk or Ask us.

Anyone who needs assistance retrieving materials has 2 options:

  • You can submit a request in advance by using our pick-up request services
  • You can get  immediate on-site assistance by asking a staff member at the Main Services Desk.
The Library has one public elevator in the Honnold building and 3 public elevators in the Mudd building. The two buildings are connected by a bridge on floors 2, 3, and 4:

  • To move between Mudd 2 and Honnold 2: A small (3 steps) flight of stairs and a multi-side elevator are both available.
  • To move between Mudd 3 and Honnold 3: A ramp is available.
  • There is no elevation change between Mudd 4 and Honnold 4.
The Library has multi-stall men’s and women’s restrooms on Honnold 1, Honnold 2, Honnold 3, and Mudd 2. All restrooms include an accessible stall.

The Library has two all-gender restrooms on Honnold 4:

  • A single occupant all-gender restroom that locks; it includes a urinal and an accessible stall.
  • A multi-stall all-gender restroom that includes an accessible stall.
Due to the advice of public health professionals, the water fountains are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests are welcome to bring their own water (and other beverages) to the building.
Services & Accommodations
The Libraries will provide accommodations, such as American Sign Language interpreters and/or live captioning, for Library-sponsored events upon request. Contact for more information or to request an accommodation.

We strive to make our collections as accessible as possible including purchasing both print and electronic materials. If you encounter a resource in a format that isn’t accessible to you, please reach out to the appropriate Subject Librarian who will attempt to find the resource in a format that works best for you.