Food and drink policy


Take care of our collections – our collections, our resources, our library.

To ensure the protection and preservation of library material, equipment, and furnishings, and to provide a comfortable and appealing environment for all library users, UBC Library has instituted a library-wide food policy.

  • The Library permits food and drink, within reason, to be consumed at study tables and carrels.
  • Library staff members reserve the right to determine which food and drink items are acceptable within the libraries on campus.

Some Library branches have areas where food and drink are not allowed. Look for posted signs to identify these spaces.

Acceptable Not acceptable
Drinks that are in spill-proof containers Open drink containers
Snack foods that do not disturb those around you Foods that may disturb others around you (hot meals, messy, smelly, loud, or known to cause severe allergic reactions)
NOTE: library staff will respond to complaints from other patrons regarding disruptive food consumption  

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE: Use appropriate trash receptacles for cleaning up after yourself. Please deposit recyclable beverage containers into the nearest recycling bin.