Food, Drink, and Cell Phone Use

The Library is committed to creating a clean, comfortable environment conducive to reflection, study, and intellectual pursuit. With this in mind, reasonable limits are in effect in regards to food, drink, and cell phone use. Researchers not in compliance with these guidelines may be asked to leave.

Note: All food and drink are prohibited in Special Collections (Firestone), Mudd Manuscript Library, and Marquand Library. Specific areas in other libraries may also prohibit food and drink as warranted. 


While small snacks are generally allowed in most campus libraries (see exceptions above), open meals are strictly prohibited. Please dispose of all trash properly.


Non-alcoholic drinks in approved, spill-proof containers are generally allowed in most campus libraries (see exceptions above). Containers not considered acceptable include open cups or mugs, aluminum cans, or glass bottles.

Cell Phones

Cell phones should be used only in areas where conversations do not disturb others (foyers, entrance halls, enclosed stairwells, etc.). Please silence cell phone ringers in all study areas.