Food, beverage and tobacco

Consumption of food is prohibited in most of the Library's public areas, including individual and group study rooms. However, food can be purchased and consumed in the Library's Bookends Café (room 184), the corridor north of the café, the Grant Wood foyer east of the café, the Bookends Reading Room (room 199), and the Fireplace Reading Room (room 191). Beverages are allowed in covered, spill-proof containers throughout the library building, except in Special Collections. Use of tobacco in any form, including the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), is prohibited in all ISU Library facilities. Smoking is likewise prohibited on the entire grounds of Iowa State University.

Enforcement of the Library's food, beverage, and tobacco policy provides users with a clean environment. Food and spilled beverages attract insects and can cause damage to library materials. E-cigarettes emit vapors which are harmful for the collection.  Smoking presents a dangerous fire hazard and is prohibited by state law across the entire campus. The Library's food, beverage, and tobacco policy is designed to ensure a clean study and work environment for users and staff, to aid in the preservation and care of collections, and to maintain a pest-free building.

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