Q. What is the library's policy on food and drink?


The UDC Library aims to be an open and welcoming space for students, faculty, and public users. We recognize the need to balance the needs of our users with the cleanliness and preservation of the library’s facilities, equipment, and resources.

Library users may consume food and drink within the library space according to the following parameters.

  • Beverages are allowed in sealable, lidded, or covered containers only.
  • Alcohol is expressly prohibited.
  • Snack foods are permitted. Examples include crackers, chips, cookies, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, candy, or other items in individual or bagged packaging.
  • Meals, messy, or overly aromatic foods are not permitted. Examples of prohibited food include pizza, french fries, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, or any items in “to go” containers or requiring utensils.
  • Food may not be ordered for delivery to the library.
  • Group meals are prohibited.
  • All food and beverages are expressly prohibited in the following areas:
    • At computer workstations
    • Near all printers, scanners, and photocopiers
    • In the University and Jazz Archives
  • Users must keep their study space clean and dispose of food and beverage items in the provided trash/recycling receptacles.
  • All users should be courteous to their fellow library users and keep food and beverage related noises to a minimum. For example: Don’t shake beverages with ice, crumple noisy packaging, or crush beverage containers.
  • All food and drink spills or messes should be reported to a library staff or faculty member immediately.

Users who fail to comply with this policy will be asked to leave the library.

The library provides storage bins behind the Reference Desk for users to store prohibited food and beverages. Additional space to consume food and beverage is available at the Firebird Inn and the UDC Student Center.


  • Last Updated May 10, 2019
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  • Answered By Michael Fitzgerald

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