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University Library

Food and Drink Policy

From October 2017 a revised Food and drink policy will operate following the evaluation of the Food and Drink pilot. Details below.

From 4 September 2017 the designated area for the consumption of cold food in Bill Bryson Library will be the eDen on Level 2.

Following a Food and Drink pilot in June 2017, the library will continue to offer students a designated area for the consumption of cold food and lidded drinks for the next academic year 2017-18. The designated area is now eDen on Level 2 of Bill Bryson Library.

Our priority is to provide a clean environment for all Library users and we endeavour to provide a pleasant environment that is conducive to study. The eDen will provide a mixed area both for study and where cold food may be eaten. Please use the bins provided and be considerate of other users.

Palace Green Library continues to enforce a No Food and Drink policy with no exceptions, due to the unique and exceptional nature of collections in that Library.

We are continuing to work towards a more permanent solution for improved cafe provision and seating area within the library.

Please note:

  • The Library’s management team are aware that the provision of space for the consumption of food on the Mountjoy site is limited.
  • The Library is unable to resolve this problem on its own but is working with other partners including University Catering and the DSU to find solutions.

  • The Library provides a designated area for the consumption of food and drink.

  • Although staff are unable to monitor the use of facilities at all times, anyone seen consuming food and hot drinks in other areas of Bill Bryson Library will be asked to move.

  • Staff on duty at the Help & Information desk reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone with unlidded hot drinks or hot food.

  • Security on duty overnight during 24/7 periods may check bags on entry.

  • Your cooperation is appreciated in working together to maintain a clean study environment.

As well as the YUM Library Café, other eating facilities are available on the Lower Mountjoy Site. These include the Palatine Centre Café and Restaurant, The Calman Café and Technocafé in the Calman Learning Centre and the Chemistry Café in the Chemistry building. A space for you to consume your own food and drink is also available in the Chemistry building close to the Security Office. Find out more at