Sometimes, we walk into the Library in the morning and see this:

I should probably feel grateful to find pizza boxes in the trash instead of left out on tables, but the sight still makes me cringe. As mentioned in a previous post, we do allow food in designated areas of the Library.  In fact, we have a cafe on the first floor which sells sandwiches, salads, baked goods, pre-packaged snacks, and hot and cold beverages.  The decision to offer only cold food in the Bookends Cafe was a deliberate choice on the part of Library administration, in an attempt to balance the comfort and needs of students with the protection of Library resources.  Hot, greasy food like burgers and pizza are not sold at Bookends because hot grease leaves a more serious mess on study tables, computers, and collection materials than a few pastry crumbs.

 

Bookends Cafe

It is not uncommon for students studying in the Library during the evening to order pizza, and the pizza shops deliver the pies right to the lobby of the Library.  The student circulation staff works without adult supervision in the evening, so they turn a blind eye.  However, the evidence is there to see (and smell) in the morning.

What are your feelings about pizza deliveries to the Library?  Does your institution have a food and drink policy?  Is it enforced?

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