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(Sep 29/11) So I went to study in mills learning commons today and it was FILTHY. There was food everywhere, ketchup and other sauces on keyboards and mice. This is my 4th year at MAC, and this library gets filthier every year. I did not use any of the available computers(there was like 3 free) because all had food on the desk and I am not going to clean up after some one. Some one needs to do something about this, maybe ban eating in computer space. What kind of an impression would this library give off to visitors??????
Library response: Thanks for taking the time to submit your comment. We do agree that at times our study areas get quite messy, especially near the end of the day, after the daytime custodians have left. At night, the custodians are there just to keep the washrooms supplied and to empty main garbage containers. As you are aware we do allow eating and drinking in the library. Unfortunately it is not possible to ban eating in certain areas, since we wouldn't have the staff resources to enforce this type of a regulation. We are working on increasing the type and number of garbage and recycling containers throughout all the libraries, in the hopes that students will clean up after themselves if there is a nearby container. Additionally, we have posted a "Be kind to your fellow students...please use the garbage/recycling bins" slide on the backgrounds for the public computers and the digital signage in Mills. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to send them to me directly - firstname.lastname@example.org (Sep 30/11)
Answered by: Anne Pottier (Associate University Librarian, Library Services)