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Food and Drink Policy

Drinks are allowed in most areas of University Library.  Please use a covered container.

Food is allowed in the library except for the following areas:

  • Auditorium UL 0130

Food and drinks of any kind are prohibited in

  • UL 0133 Archives/Special Collections Study Room, Lower Level

Users are liable for any damage to library property and equipment caused by food or drink.

We expect users to be responsible and adopt a ‘leave no trace' approach to their use of food in the library.   

The "Leave No Trace" philosophy of outdoor ethics as applied in the library:

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Plan to eat your meals before you come to the library. If you carry in snacks or drinks, please avoid messy or greasy foods that may damage library material and facilities as well as odorous and/or noisy foods that may be distracting to others. Bring drinks in covered containers and be careful to avoid spills.

  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out: carry out any leftover food and non-disposable utensils or containers that you bring into the library. Place recyclables in recycling bins and non-recyclable garbage in trash cans. If you must dispose of beverages, pour liquids into the bathroom sink before recycling or throwing away the containers.
  • Leave what you find: Leave library resources, furnishings, and equipment in the same or better condition as you found them. Report accidental spills to library staff as soon as possible.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Respect your fellow library users and the next generation of library users.

We established our food and drink guidelines with the following goals in mind:

  • To create an environment of mutual respect and to promote learning.
  • To preserve our library collections and protect our facility from pests and harmful molds.
  • To help to ensure the health and safety of all library users and a long life for library collections, furnishings, and equipment.
  • To promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging.
  • To respect our hard-working custodial staff by taking responsibility for our personal behavior.
  • To continue to direct library funds to purchasing library resources that support the curriculum, rather than to replacing materials, furnishings, and equipment damaged by food and drink.
UL Leadership Team September, 2008
Last updated by jpcooper on 05/26/2011