Food and Beverages in the Library Policy

The Seattle Public Library seeks to make library facilities comfortable and safe for its patrons, volunteers and staff members. In order to be good stewards and caretakers of publicly funded facilities, the Library directs patrons and staff members on how and where in the Library food and beverages may be consumed.           

The Library strives to create a welcoming, clean and comfortable environment for the public. Consistent with this goal, the following rules specify how food and beverage may be consumed in public areas of Library facilities:

  • As authorized by the Library, food and beverages may be consumed in Library meeting rooms, auditoriums, designated spaces and at special events.
  • Consuming beverages from lidded containers is permitted throughout the Library. Lidded containers include covered coffee, water, soda and juice cups, glass and plastic beverage bottles and beverage cans.
  • Infants may be nursed or fed from bottles in any area of the Library. 

This procedure applies to all food and beverage consumption occurring in public areas of Library facilities.

Related Laws, Policies and Procedures
Board Policy, Rules of Conduct.
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 49.60.030, Freedom from discrimination - Declaration of civil rights.

Supersedes Food and Beverage Rules and Guidelines (board policy) adopted March 16, 2004, and
Food and Beverage Rule Guidelines (administrative procedure) approved on March 16, 2004.

Approved by the City Librarian:  Sept. 9, 2015
Supersedes Policy: Food and Beverage Rules and Guidelines adopted March 16, 2004