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Food and Drink Policy
Carroll library food and drink policy

The Carroll University Library's Food & Drink Policy is an effort to make the Library an inviting and comfortable place for study and research, while maximizing the continued value of the Library’s collections, equipment, and furnishings.

Users are expected to be responsible and adopt the “leave no trace” philosophy in their use of food and drink in the library by properly disposing of all trash, recycling whenever possible, removing any traces of food and drink, and cleaning all surfaces.

Leftover food attracts mice, ants, and cockroaches. Not only are the pests unwanted company, they feed on book glues, leather bindings, and starch-filled book covers. Debris left behind from food and drink creates an unpleasant environment and limits desirable seating and studying space.

Most library users prefer not to sit at a table or carrel littered with someone else's empty cups and discarded wrappers. With the large number of people using the library each day, the time and cost of cleaning up the litter is considerable.

Food-Free and Drink-Free Areas

  • Near any equipment, such as: computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, microform readers, etc.
  • Archives & Special Collections
  • If you are disturbing others with your food and drink in the Reading Room, you will be asked to dispose of the food and drink or leave the Reading Room.


Instructors and other presenters will be allowed to have liquid in a spill-proof container for drinking near equipment.

This policy is adopted on a contingency basis and will continue so long as the library remains clean and attractive. Problems such as damage from spills, excessive loose trash, emergence of pests, etc. will force reconsideration of this policy.

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Library Policies:
Noise Policy
Food and Drink Policy
Collection Management Policy
Copyright Policy

Clean It Up!

Spills? All bathrooms have paper towels.

Library staff does not clean up after you.


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