Civic Center Library will re-open Monday, July 13th. Library services will continue to be offered at the Sam Garcia Library. For more details, visit our phased re-opening page.

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Food & Beverage Policy

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The Avondale Public Library strives to create welcoming, clean, and comfortable environments for the public. To ensure this, it requires that we exercise care in allowing food and drink in library buildings. Food and drink are easily spilled on books, furniture, and equipment, causing damage. Particles of food left behind on books, furniture, or floors attract rodents, cockroaches, silverfish and other unwanted pests. Our aim is to minimize the risk of damage and, at the same time, meets the needs of users who are frequently in the library for extended periods. To meet this goal, the Library has adopted the following policy for the consumption of food and beverages in public areas of Library facilities:

  • Snacks and covered beverages are permitted at study tables.
  • No food or drinks in the book stacks
  • Only covered twist top style beverage containers are allowed at computer stations
  • No food is allowed at computer stations
  • Meals are permitted in designated areas such as the lobby in the Civic Center Library and the forward lobby area at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library
  • Unattended food and/or beverages are subject to being disposed of by staff
  • Clean up any spills right away—if additional assistance is needed, contact library staff at the desk
  • Properly dispose of all food and trash in the appropriate containers
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 it constitutes a violation of this policy. Allowing food and drink in the library during special events will be at the discretion of the City of Avondale’s Parks, Recreation and Libraries Director.
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