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Library Policies

Food and Drink Policy

It is the policy of the DVC Library to maintain an environment appropriate for the protection of library materials and conducive to study. Please help preserve the Diablo Valley College's collections for future generations.

The Library reserves the right to ask any user to remove his/her food and/or beverage from the Library if in the judgment of the staff is it constitutes a violation of this policy. In addition, failure to comply with restrictions or staff instructions regarding the consumption of food and beverages constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

What is allowed / Not allowed
In order to conserve library resources and provide a clean, comfortable environment for all, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Snacks and covered beverages are permitted in most areas.
  • Deliveries of food to the library are not permitted.
  • Unattended food or beverages will be disposed of by staff.
  • Clean up any spills right away—if additional assistance is needed, contact library staff at any desk.
  • Properly dispose of all food, including crumbs, trash, and recycling.

Snacks and covered beverages are permitted in


  1. Eating in the library
    Responsible maintenance of the library learning environment and collections requires that we exercise care in allowing food in the library. Food is easily spilled on books, furniture, carpet, and equipment, causing damage and/or inconvenience for others. Particles of food left behind on books, furniture, or floors attract rodents, cockroaches, silverfish and other unwanted pests.
  2. Drinking in the library
    All beverages, including water, are easily spilled on books, furniture and floors. Damage to library materials results in replacement costs to the library and makes the material unavailable to library users. Allowing covered beverage containers greatly minimizes the risk of damage and, at the same time, meets the needs of users who are frequently in the library for extended periods.
  3. Use of tobacco products
    Smoking is prohibited on the Diablo Valley College Campus, by college regulations and state law. This prohibition also extends to the use of electronic cigarettes.