Collins Library Food, Noise and Drink Policy

Collins Memorial Library established these guidelines with the following goals in mind:

  •  To create an environment of mutual respect and to promote learning.
  • To respect our hard-working custodial staff by taking responsibility for our personal behavior.
  • To preserve our library collections and protect our facility from pests and harmful molds.
  • To help to ensure the health and safety of all library users and a long life for library collections, furnishings, and equipment.
  • To promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging.
  • To continue to direct library funds to purchasing library resources that support the curriculum, rather than to replacing materials, furnishings, and equipment damaged by food and drink.

We therefore ask that you act responsibly when consuming food and drink in the library and abide by the Leave No Trace philosophy.

We recognize that snacks and drinks are important and can contribute to your study.  However, hot meals and group meals should be consumed prior to visiting the library or in our designated break space in the lower level of the library. Located in this area are vending machines,  an instant hot water tap, and tables and chairs for breaks, where you can consume your meals.   

  • Plan ahead and prepare: Plan to eat your meals before you come to the library.
  • General Statement about food:   If you carry in snacks or drinks, please avoid messy or greasy foods that may damage library material and facilities.  Beverages should be in covered containers.  Please do not bring in hot food, liquid foods such as soups or full meals on trays.
  • Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out: carry out any leftover food and non-disposable utensils or containers that you bring into the library. Place recyclables in recycling bins and non-recyclable garbage in trash cans. If you must dispose of beverages, pour liquids into the bathroom sink before recycling or throwing away the containers.
  • Spills:  Report accidental spills to library staff as soon as possible.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Respect your fellow library users and the next generation of library users
  • Use the designated break zone:  There is a designated break zone for library users on the lower level of the library.  Located in this area are vending machines, hot water tap, and tables and chairs for breaks. 
  • Control Noise;  There are several group study rooms in the Library.  If you are working in a group, consider using one of these rooms.  Our general policy is, the higher you go in the building, the quieter it is.  Quiet study spaces on the 2nd-4th floor are available.  The Reading Rooms in the front of the Library are designed for independent study, but due to the high traffic in the front of the Library are not necessarily the most quiet area of the building.
  • Cell Phones:  If you use your cell phone, find an empty study room or move to the outside of the Library.