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Food and Drink Guidelines

Originator: User Experience Team
Approved By: Tanis Fink, Chief Librarian and Director, Seneca Libraries
Effective Date:  November 1, 2011


Seneca Libraries Food and Drink guidelines are intended to provide a comfortable and pleasant environment for all library users and to preserve our library materials, computer equipment, and furnishings.


The library permits food and drink, within reason, in all areas of the library.

The following food and drink are permitted:

  • drinks with lids
  • snack foods that do not disturb others around you (cold sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, muffins, etc.)


The following food and drink are prohibited:

  • open drink containers such as mugs or paper cups with no lids
  • hot, messy and/or aromatic foods (pizza, soup, poutines, burgers, etc.)
  • loud snack foods (chip bags)


It is the responsibility of all library users to adhere to the food and drink permissions and to clean up after themselves. Spills or accidents should be reported immediately to library staff either in person or via Ask Us. Library users must also dispose of their trash in the appropriate garbage or recycling containers.