Food and Beverage Policy

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The Waterloo Public Library strives to create welcoming, clean and comfortable environments for the public.


  • Eating food or consuming non-alcoholic beverages from lidded containers in the library is permitted in all areas except where prohibited.  Prohibited areas include designated areas where food or drink might damage WPL property, such as public computer stations, around library equipment and in The Hive, the Training Center and the Local History and Genealogy Room.

  • Infants may be nursed or fed from bottles in any area of the Library.

  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in or on WPL premises.  Exceptions may be made for authorized library functions only.

  • Patrons are expected to “leave no trace” of food or beverages and take responsibility for maintaining a clean and pleasant environment by removing crumbs, wiping off sticky surfaces and cleaning up after themselves.  Properly disposing of trash in proper receptacles or removing trash from the building is required.

  • Patrons who cannot adequately remove the food or drink spills should report incidents to library staff so that prompt action can be taken to minimize the damages.

  • Unattended food or drink may be removed and discarded at staff discretion.


 Amended by Board of Trustees. 1/09/2020

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