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Food and Drink Policy

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The food and drink policy of the Cotrell Commons is intended to preserve the furniture and technology present in the Commons. Community members and guests are asked to be good stewards of this facility and, following the principles of outdoor ethics, “Leave No Trace.” 

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

  • No food or drinks are allowed at University-owned computer workstations.
  • All drinks must be in covered, spill-proof containers or capped bottles.
  • Acceptable food items include pastries, sandwiches, chips, yogurt and other snacks sold at Starbucks.
  • Other food items (chicken, fries, burgers, pizza, full meals, off-campus vendor items, etc.) must be eaten outside.
  • Food deliveries may only be received outside, and may only be eaten on the patio or library porch.
  • Dispose of waste properly. Place recyclables in the recycling bins and garbage in the trash cans.
  • Report food and drink spills to the Commons staff as soon as possible.
  • Leave Commons resources, furnishings and equipment as you found them.
  • Be considerate of other guests in the Commons, as well as future users of the Commons.

The 2nd and 3rd floors of the library have a NO FOOD policy, but do allow drinks in covered, spill-proof containers or capped bottles.

By observing the Cotrell Commons food and drink guidelines, you help to promote recycling of appropriate food and drink packaging; preserve the Commons and Blume Library facility from pests and harmful molds; ensure the health and safety of all library/Commons users and a long life for the technology, furnishings and collections; respect the hard-working custodial staff by taking responsibility for personal behavior; and save library and technology funds to purchase materials and equipment in support of the curriculum, rather than to replace items damaged by food and drink.


Noise Policy

1st Floor (The Learning Commons)

The Learning Commons is a group study area. Please use your “indoor voice” to avoid disturbing other groups and use headphones when listening to music or other audio programs on computers.

2nd (Main) Floor

A portion of the 2nd floor is designated as a Quiet Zone; please minimize conversations and take cell phone calls away from this area.  Because the Circulation Desk and the computer workstations are interactive areas, a moderate level of noise should be expected. The art gallery is a gathering place for art openings and other events, and a moderate level of noise should be expected during these events.

3rd Floor

The 3rd floor is the designated silent study area. Please take conversations and cell phone calls outside. Library users who wish to work in groups should use the Learning Commons. The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) offers tutoring and hosts classes and other learning sessions in the Multimedia Instructional Center (MIC). A moderate level of noise should be expected in the LAC and in the MIC.

Cell phone use in the Blume Library

Cell phone may be used in the 1st Floor Learning Commons or on the Blume Library porches. Please be considerate of others when using cell phones. Turn phones to mute or vibrate when not in use.

What to do when noise is a problem

Everyone in the library should be considerate of others around them. Please contact a library staff member if you have concerns about noise. Library staff will ask library users to leave the building if they do not comply with the Noise Policy.


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Digital Signage Policy

All signage (including digital signage) is under the purview and responsibility of the Louis J. Blume Library; other entities within the library building are encouraged to contribute.

The purpose of all signage is to inform students, faculty, staff, and visitors about services, resources, and events specific to the Louis J. Blume Library building and entities housed within in the building. Digital signage is to be relevant, dynamic, accurate and identical on all floors, to provide a collaborative link between all entities in the Library.

Contributors' slides may include but are not limited to: resources, services, programs, meetings, activities, special events, and hours of operation. Non-contributor portions of digital signage may include but are not limited to: weather, date and time, library specific social media, and images of library materials.


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