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Library Policies

A guide outlining basic resource and usage policies for Musselman Library.

Food and Drink Policy

The Bluffton University community is encouraged to use the Musselman Library as a place for research, study, reflection, gathering, and leisure. To promote a welcoming environment, the library permits the consumption of food and drink, within specified guidelines.

Some restrictions are necessary because food and drink pose a potential risk to library collections, technology, equipment, and furnishings. Also, food and drink not discarded appropriately invite pest infestation that can lead to widespread damage to the print collections.

To avoid abuse and in keeping with courtesy to other users of the library, "food" is defined as snacks, not a meal. Some foods are not appropriate for the library setting, including anything messy or aromatic. Users and guests of the Musselman Library are expected to act responsibly when consuming food and drink in the library.  Library staff including library student assistants will assist patrons and library guests in complying with this policy.

Covered beverages and snacks are permitted EXCEPT:

  • in the Archives and Special Collections (ASC), lower level
  • beverages only for most class sessions and tours
  • in specific areas as posted for no food or drink

Snacks are permitted, but NOT meals or messy, aromatic foods. Snacks are for individual rather than group consumption

  • Acceptable: pre-packaged 'snack size' containers of chips, cookies, candy, and other snack foods; candy bars, granola bars, power bars; other non-messy, non-smelly individual snack foods
  • Unacceptable: ice cream, sub sandwiches, pizza, salads, soup, burgers, and other hot, aromatic, or messy items; large size bags or packages of chips, crackers, cookies, donuts, etc.

Beverages are permitted in COVERED containers only, with a secure lid/cap to prevent spillage.

  • Acceptable: Spill-proof mugs with secure lids and a drinking hole that can be closed; sports bottles with a drinking spout that can be closed; water or soda in capped plastic or stainless steel water bottles; hot beverage containers with lids
  • Unacceptable: open cups, mugs, or containers of any kind; soda cans; glass bottles not otherwise designed to be reusable drink containers.

Note: There may be special events in the library with meals and/or open beverage containers.  These exceptions to policy are for library-hosted events or by arrangement made as part of space reservation.

Questions on the Food and Drink Policy?  Feel free to stop at the Circulation/Info desk anytime to ask for a librarian, or contact Research Help from the library website with any questions or concerns.