In response to concerns expressed by library users, the Wayne State University Library System is rolling out a new eating and drinking policy effective August 31, 2011. The policy calls for absolutely no food in any area of the Wayne State University Libraries except for the first floor lounge in the Undergraduate Library.
In addition to helping create a better study environment, the no food policy will:
• Promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging.
• Respect the hard-working custodial staff by encouraging responsibility for personal behavior.
• Assist the libraries in continuing 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.
“This policy is simply to create a better, cleaner study environment,” said Mike Hawthorne, assistant director of Public Services at the Wayne State University Libraries. “Not only does the eating disrupt other library patrons, the amount of trash left for others to clean up has increased, thus increasing the risk of pests in the library—there have been a lot of complaints.”
Though food is strictly prohibited, drinks in securely covered containers will be allowed. For more information on the Wayne State University Food Policy, visit: www.lib.wayne.edu/info/policies