ERIC Number: EJ792042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-18
Reference Count: 0
Snacks in the Stacks: Libraries Welcome Food amid the Books
Foster, Andrea L.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n32 pA1 Apr 2008
Revitalization is what Morningside College had in mind in 2006, when it lifted a ban against eating in the library. That is when its library cafe, which opened a year earlier, began offering sandwiches and soups that could be carried into study areas and computer labs. Morningside has joined those that are casting aside their libraries' stuffy images by allowing students and faculty members to chow down amid the books and computers. Fed by a desire to make libraries more inviting places for students to work in groups, many colleges are installing cafes in their libraries. Food has always been a part of late-night study gatherings: if eating encourages collaborative learning, the theory goes, let there be food in the library, too. But the change is also a capitulation to students who eat in the library even when it is prohibited, librarians say. Many colleges have decided to stop fighting, although some holdouts remain, and research universities seem generally more hesitant to allow eating in their libraries. Still, it is rare to see a college redesign its library now without making plans to include dining and coffee.
Descriptors: Colleges, College Faculty, Library Services, Research Universities, Librarian Attitudes, College Libraries, College Students, Food
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