STAFF RESOURCES

Public Services Administrative Memo #11
FOOD/DRINK POLICY

March 9, 1987

TO:       Librarian's Cabinet
          Public Services Council

FROM:     Evelyn Greenberg
          Assistant University Librarian
            for Public Services

The presence and consumption of food and beverages in the libraries present dangers to the preservation of library collections, maintenance of furnishings and equipment and the appearance of our buildings. This policy is an attempt to combat those dangers.

1. Consumption of food should be limited to staff lounges within the library or the larger library building. Staff storage of food in desks or closets should be avoided whenever possible.

2. Food and drink brought into the library by staff and destined for consumption in lounge areas should be concealed in bags.

3. Beverages may not be consumed in any public area, including public service desks or anywhere the consumption would be visible to library users as they walk through the building or approach a public service desk. Similarly, coffee pots, and other beverage supplies and equipment must be kept out of public view.

4. Staff celebrations - birthdays, departures, showers, etc., should be restricted to those areas designated as lounges. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the unit director.

5. No consumption of food or beverages is permitted in public areas.

Approved, Librarian's Cabinet 2/2/87

Rutgers University Guidelines on the Consumption of Food and Beverages in Libraries

1. Consumption of food should be limited to staff lounges whenever provided, either within the library or within the larger library building.

2. Storage of food in desks or closets should be avoided whenever possible.

3. All food and drink items brought into the library by employees must be concealed in bags.

4. Beverages may not be consumed in any public area, including public service desks or anywhere else in the building where the beverage might be visible by library users, as they walk through the building or approach a public service desk. Similarly, coffee pots, and other beverage supplies and equipment must be kept out of public view.

5. Staff celebrations - birthday, departures, showers, etc., should be restricted to those areas designated as lounges. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the unit director.

It is recognized that libraries vary considerably in the lounge facilities available to staff. Consequently, total adherence to these guidelines will not be possible in all cases at all times. However, staff should make every effort to set the standard for responsible use of library space, and to take seriously their curatorial responsibility for library materials.

2/2/87
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