Food And Drink Policy, King Library


Statement of Policy & Text

Consumption of food and drink is allowed in designated areas of the King Library under specific conditions. (See Requirements and Guidelines below.)

Need for the Policy

  • To preserve library resources and protect library facilities, the King Library must regulate the consumption of food and beverages in public areas of the building.
  • Appropriate signs are posted and maintained throughout the Library to clearly explain the Food and Drink Policy.

Requirements & Guidelines

  • Specified food and drink items are allowed in public areas of the King Library if these items are consumed responsibly.
    • Food must be snacks or wrapped items that are consumed by an individual.
    • No group meals (e.g. pizza parties) are allowed in public areas.
    • Covered drinks are allowed on all floors, but only if they are in closed containers, such as covered cups, soda cans, or water bottles.
    • Food may not be consumed or left set out while using library computers. Covered drinks are allowed.
    • In Program Rooms (e.g. Special Collections, Rooftop Terrace, Cultural Heritage Center, and others), food and drink are permissible for special functions, authorized by the Library.
  • King Library users must:
    • Immediately report spills to staff.
    • Dispose of trash in appropriate containers.

Applicable Personnel/Departments

All Library employees and library security personnel.




Reviewed and approved by: Signature/Name Date of Approval
KMT   3/10/03   
University Library Board        3/10/03   


Ruth Kifer, Rae Ann Stahl, Mary Nino, Luann Budd, Jill Bourne, Neil Rufino, Katie DuPraw, Angie Miraflor, Jon Worona


History & Dates

Category of Policy: Administration/Operations
Author(s): SJPL Supervising Librarian: Lisa Rosenblum
SJSU Associate Dean: Jo Bell Whitlatch
Authorized by: Core Team; University Library Board
Date Written: 3/10/03
Date Effective: 8/1/03
Date(s) of Revision(s): 7/31/03, 12/12/03; 2/23/05; 4/28/15