Eating and Drinking
Eating and drinking in a library environment can cause several types of problems:
deterioration of materials, equipment, and furniture at a faster rate; dirty/sticky
work surfaces and surroundings for Library users and staff; loss of concentration
for users who are distracted by noise, odors, and activity connected with consuming
food and drink; small disasters from spilled liquids; growth of insect and rodent
problems (insects and rodents will eat paper and bindings, not just garbage
Approach the person and identify yourself as a staff member and inform
the person that food and drink are not allowed.
- Ask the person to stop eating/drinking or to go out of the Library
to finish the food/drink.
- Check back in a few minutes. If the person hasn't complied, get support
from a colleague and again explain the request.
- Stress again that you are asking
the person to eat/drink outside of the Library.
- If the person still refuses:
Branch Libraries: notify Public Safety immediately at 8-1000.
Firestone Library: notify Library Security immediately at 8-3221.