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Food, drink and tobacco

Leave No Trace. The library has adapted the following Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics to its food and drink guidelines.* The primary goal is to ensure both the comfort of library users and a long life for library collections, furnishings, and equipment.

  • Plan accordingly: If you do carry in food or drinks, avoid messy foods that may damage library material and facilities or be disruptive to others, and have drinks in containers unlikely to spill.
  • Dispose of recyclables and waste properly.
  • Leave what you find: Leave library resources, furnishings, and equipment as you found them–or in better condition than you found them.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Respect nearby library users, the next library user who will use your space, and the next generation of library users.
  • Report accidents to library staff as soon as possible.

Specific Prohibitions:

  • Use of tobacco in any form is prohibited throughout the Hamersly Library.
    Smoking areas are designated to the south of both outside entrances.
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited.  The library complies with WOU’s alcohol policy.
  • The library reserves the right to ask patrons to eat specific foods elsewhere.

Love Your Library ~ Leave No Trace

* For more information on Leave No Trace principles, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics website:
creative commons attribution

This work was adapted from that of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library of Gustavus Adolphus College and is licensed under a Creative Commons license 3.0.

rev. April 2010

//added for spring 2020