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FAQs: Food Policy

Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), policies and services at NPC Library.

Food Policy

The food and drink policy of the NPC Library is intended to preserve the furnishings and technology present in the lab, study and common areas. NPC students, staff and guests are asked to be good stewards of this facility, as well as other campus facilities.  We appreciate your cooperation!

Eat meals before visiting the library, but if you do bring a snack or drink, please remember:

  • No food or drinks are allowed at college-owned computer workstations.
  • All drinks must be in covered, spill-proof containers or capped bottles.
  • Acceptable food items include non-greasy finger foods, fruit and other snacks.
  • Other food items (chicken, fries, burgers, pizza, full meals, off-campus vendor items, etc.) must be eaten outside or in the Student Commons.
  • Dispose of waste properly. Place recyclables in the recycling bins and garbage in the trash cans.
  • Report food and drink spills to the library staff as soon as possible.
  • Leave library resources, furnishings and equipment as you found them.
  • Be considerate of other guests in the library, as well as future users of the library.

Drinks with non-secure lids may be placed on the table near the library entrance; markers for identification are provided for your convenience.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

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  • Eating in the library
    Responsible stewardship of the library collections requires that we exercise care in allowing food in library buildings. Food is easily spilled on books, furniture, and equipment, causing damage. Particles of food left behind on books, furniture, or floors attract rodents, cockroaches, silverfish and other unwanted pests.

  • Drinking in the library
    All beverages, including water, are easily spilled on books, furniture and floors. Damage to library materials results in replacement costs to the library and makes the material unavailable to library users. Allowing covered beverage containers greatly minimizes the risk of damage and, at the same time, meets the needs of users who are frequently in the library for extended periods.