Food & Drink Policy

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Morris Library's food and drink policy is an effort to achieve a balance between the comfort and convenience of our users and the need to ensure the long life and value of our collections, equipment, and furnishings.

Users are expected to be responsible and adopt the “leave no trace” philosophy in their use of food and drink in the library by properly disposing of all trash, recycling whenever possible, removing any traces of food and drink, and cleaning all surfaces.


  • Beverages in covered, spill-proof containers as well as non-greasy, non-messy food, may be taken throughout Morris Library, except in the food- and drink-free areas listed below.
  • Wipe up any spills and dispose of waste properly.
  • If clean-up is required, report it immediately to the nearest service desk, staff member, or 618/453-1455.
  • Deliveries of food can only be accepted outside the building. Library and Delyte’s staff will not assist with deliveries.

Food-Free and Drink-Free Areas

  • Near equipment, such as: computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, microform readers, etc.
  • In classrooms with computers, such as 139, 174, 261, and those on floors 6 and 7
  • Book stacks
  • John C. Guyon Auditorium
  • Special Collections Research Center
  • Geospatial Resources

Special permission may be granted by library administration to allow food and drink in the areas listed below for a special event. Visit for instructions on scheduling an event and obtaining permission to serve food and drink:

  • John C. Guyon Auditorium
  • Hall of Presidents and Chancellors
  • DeJarnet American Heritage Room
  • Lerner Music Room
  • Conference Room 480A

Consumption of alcoholic beverages in Morris Library is regulated by campus policy.

Approved August 15, 2013, by Library Affairs Steering Committee