Drink and food are not allowed in the Nicholls State University Library, except as follows:
- Non-alcoholic beverages in hand-held spill-proof containers may be responsibly consumed in the Research and Study Section of the Second Floor (only), with the exception of those areas around or near the Library’s electronic equipment (where drinks should neither be placed nor consumed);
- Both non-alcoholic beverages in hand-held spill-resistant containers and small snacks may be responsibly consumed in the casual study section of the First Floor (only);
- Beverages, food, or both may be responsibly consumed in the Multi-Purpose Room (1) during authorized University events and (2) during duly scheduled student events, if supervised on-site by the faculty member responsible for the class or student organization (who shall be accountable for seeing that library policy is followed and the room is cleaned and straightened up when the event is over);
- Beverages, food, or both may on occasion be consumed responsibly in other areas of the Library upon request by a librarian employed in such area and permission of the Director, so long as the requesting faculty or staff librarian supervises the event on-site (including being accountable for seeing that library policy is followed and that the room is cleaned and straightened up when the event is over); and,
- Only when [i] beverage containers, food wrappers, and other trash are deposited in the nearest waste receptacle, [ii] drink containers are responsibly emptied before being placed in a waste receptacle, and [iii] all spills are cleaned up.
- “Electronic Equipment” includes, but is not limited to computers, keyboards, microfilm readers, printers, and scanners.
- “Small Snacks” means bar-size (such as energy, fruit, or grain bars) or bite-size (such crackers or pretzels), not meal-size (such as hamburger-and-fries or sandwich-and-chips or pizza).
- “Spill-Proof” means the beverage container [i] has a cover with a tiny sipping hole (such as a coffee top but not a soft-drink can), [ii] has a small cap that is removed for consumption and re-sealed between drinks (such as a screw-top soft-drink bottle), and [iii] is not so large that it is likely the cover or cap will pop off if the container falls over and/or down.
- “Spill-Resistant” means the beverage container [i] has a cover and [ii] is not so large that it is likely more than a few ounces of liquid will spill if the container falls over and/or down and its cover or top pops off.
Library faculty and staff may in the exercise of sound discretion responsibly consume beverages and food in their offices and in the Faculty-Staff Lounge.