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Feinberg Library Guidelines

Food & Drink Guidelines

Love Your Library and Labs: Leave No Trace

Feinberg Library has adapted Leave No Trace principles* of outdoor ethics to its food and drink guidelines: Learn more by reading the full guidelines.

Food and drink are allowed in Feinberg Library, subject to the following guidelines and exceptions.

  • Deposit all recyclable food and drink packaging in the recycling bins located throughout the library.
  • Pack it in, pack it out: carry out any non-disposable dishes, silverware, etc., that you bring into the library.
  • Bring drinks in covered, spill-proof containers or capped bottles.
  • If you must dispose of beverages, pour liquids into the bathroom sink or water fountain before recycling or throwing away the containers.
  • Place food and drink garbage in trash cans carefully to avoid splattering food and drink on the walls and library materials and computer/media equipment.
  • Report accidental spills to the staff as soon as possible.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in Special Collections.
  • Food is not permitted in our Deep Quiet area on level two.
  • Food is not permitted at any of the computer workstations throughout the library (except for the 1st floor extended lab area and the 2nd floor study carrels).
  • Food is not permitted in either of the library’s e-classrooms (FL108 and FL129)
  • Food is not permitted in library student employee public work areas.


By observing our food and drink guidelines, you help to…

  • Promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging;
  • Preserve our library collections and protect our facility from pests and harmful molds;
  • Ensure the health and safety of all library/technology users and a long life for our collections, furnishings, and equipment;
  • Respect our hard-working custodial staff by taking responsibility for our personal behavior;
  • Save library and technology funds to purchase materials and equipment in support of the curriculum, rather than to replace items damaged by food and drink.

Learn more

*For more information on Leave No Trace principles, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics website.

This policy was revised with permission from Gustavus Adolphus College.

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