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About the CSI Library: Policy: Food, Drink, Tobacco

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Food, Drinks and Tobacco Products (3/19/2015)

Library patrons may bring snacks into the library. However, individuals may only bring in drinks that are in covered containers. Food items must be individually wrapped and may not be messy or aromatic.

Drink containers should be spill-proof with a securely fastened lid. The following drink containers are acceptable:

  • Spill-proof mugs (such as travel mugs, screw-top containers, or sports bottles) with the top attached at all times
  • Leak-proof manufacturer containers with lids that close securely, either twist on or pop-top sports type.

Small snacks such as vending machine snacks are permissible in the Library as long as they are consumed in a respectful manner. Strong-smelling, greasy, crunchy or overly messy foods are not allowed in the Library. Users eating foods that disturb other patrons will be asked to put the food away. Anyone refusing to put food away will be asked to leave the Library. No food deliveries are allowed in the library. However, students may have food delivered to the building and consume it in the lobby. Library-sponsored events and meetings may involve catered items.

Patrons must clean up after themselves. Patrons are responsible for taking drink and food containers with them when they leave the library, or for disposing of them in trash receptacles in the building. Food and drinks left unattended or in unapproved containers may be confiscated and discarded.

Food and drinks still pose a risk to Library collections, equipment, and furnishings, but we hope that CSI Library users will be considerate and responsible when consuming food and drink in the Library in order to continue this privilege. Please notify Library staff of any spills or mishaps.

In addition to following CSI's Smoke Free Campus Policy, the Library does not allow the use of chewing tobacco, or vapor or e-cigarettes, on the premises.

CSI Library Food & Drink Policy (Handout)

CSI Library Food and Drink Policy

What’s allowed?

  • Dry or individually wrapped snacks

(crackers, pretzels, candy, cookies, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, etc.)

  • Drinks in covered container          

The following are NOT allowed:

  • Potentially messy or aromatic food items

(fast food meals, pizza, salad, fruit, etc.)

  • Drinks in uncovered containers
  • Food deliveries to the library

Why do we have these restrictions?

  • To protect the collection and equipment
  • To prevent infestation of bugs, mice, and other pests
  • To keep floors and furnishings in good condition
  • To keep the library a comfortable place for all without excessive noise or smells from foods. 


  • Pick up after yourself – take out what you bring in
  • Report spills promptly to library staff
  • Empty liquids into restroom sink before disposing of cups
  • Recycle clean paper and plastics.

Thank you for helping us keep your library clean and inviting.