Food/Drink Policy

Food/Drink Policy

J. Murrey Atkins Library strives to provide a welcoming atmosphere. Incorporating our responsibilities to protect library materials, equipment, and furnishings and to ensure the rights of all users to undisturbed study, we are pleased to adopt this food policy based on cooperation and mutual respect. We ask that library users take responsibility for themselves and others and use good judgment to ensure that no trace is left behind and no damages are caused by food or drink.

Food and Drink are allowed in the library under the following conditions:

  • Drinks in covered containers are preferred.

  • Alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed.

  • Leave no trace. . .

    • Protect library materials and equipment by keeping food and drink at a safe distance. Clean your hands after eating and before handling library property.
    • Take responsibility for maintaining a sanitary and pleasant environment. Remove crumbs, wipe off sticky surfaces, and clean up after yourself and others. Properly dispose of trash in the library-provided receptacles or remove it from the building.
  • Be respectful of others. Refrain from eating loud, smelly, or messy food. If a neighbor complains, you will be expected to relocate upon request.

  • Food deliveries, food parties, group meals are not allowed except in relation to library-sponsored events.

  • No food or drink is allowed in the 10th Floor Special Collections Reading Room or in the 1st Floor Scanning Lab. Food and drink during class sessions in Atkins 124, 125, 126, and 273 are at the discretion of the instructor.

  • Food or drink spills should be reported to the First Floor Information Desk (or other public service desk) immediately so that prompt action can be taken to minimize the damages.

  • Unattended food and drink may be removed and discarded.

  • Library staff reserves the right to ask anyone who disregards the above conditions to remove the food or drink from the buildings immediately or to leave the buildings.

Approved by Atkins Library Leadership Council 7/22/08