To maintain Duke University Libraries’ collections, furnishings and study environment, we have adopted the following policies regarding food and drink in the library:

  • You can consume light snacks and covered drinks in most areas
  • Please note that noisy, messy and strong-smelling foods are prohibited
  • Throw away all trash when you leave a study spot

Note that the following spaces are "food-free":

  • Bostock Library’s Carpenter Reading Room and adjacent tower reading room (covered drinks are allowed)
  • Lilly Library’s Thomas Room (covered drinks are allowed)
  • Rubenstein Library's Gothic Reading Room (covered drinks are allowed)
  • Food and drinks are prohibited in the reading room and classrooms of the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library