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Drink & Snack Policy


We recognize that students spend many hours at a time in the Library and enjoy an occasional cup of coffee or candy bar while studying. Since Fall Semester 2001, limited drinking and snacking has been permitted in the Library.

It's a privilege—keep the risk of spills and damage to a minimum, so you don't damage library property or items in your backpack, bag, car, etc. where your books & things are!

  • Beverages—Put A Lid On It! 
    Best: spill-proof cups & secure lids.
    • Not permitted: open containers. They spill, fast! Spills damage your items, library items, furnishings, computers, etc.
  • Snacks: Dry vending machine items like candy, chips, snacks, etc.
    • Not permitted: hot food, fast food (greasy), aromatic food, meals.
    • If it's a full meal, it needs to be eaten at Thwing, or outside.
  • Clean It Up: wipe up accidents, throw away our wrappers & trash.
    • Spills? All bathrooms have paper towels. (Library staff does not clean up after you.) Everyone should enjoy a clean desk/chair, computer, floor, etc.

Our collection is worth millions.

Much of it is irreplaceable at any price.
Please do your part to assure it's still here in good condition, when your grandkids come to Case!

Best Choices...

Small dry snacks and spill-proof  drinks are your best library-friendly choices.
Eat meals before you come in. Thwing's coffee bar  next door, the nearby Silver Spartan, and neighborhood cafes still are the best spaces for a la carte meals!

Anyone violating this policy will be asked to leave the library to finish their food/drink. The policy can only be maintained with everyone's cooperation.

The KSL Drink & Snack policy can be revoked at anytime—keep it clean, keep the privilege! 

Good Snack

Small, dry, vending-machine type snacks.


Dry, relatively crumb-free food is easy and clean for you & for the building.

Good for others' rights to clean, quiet spaces:

  • Candy, cookies, chips, carrot sticks
  • Vending-machine type snacks (dry, small, non-messy)
Bad Snack

Hot food, sticky if spilled, smelly, noisy, wet, etc.


Hot, wet, smelly, spilled food & drink damages the research collection, furniture & the building.

Bad for other's rights in shared spaces:

  • Fast food, burgers, fries, pizza, tacos, etc.
  • Food with strong aromas


Damage is Costly to You & the Next Person—No Drinks or Snacks:

  • at or near computers, printers, copiers, classrooms (computers & coffee are not compatible!)
  • in the collections, on the moving shelves, and in Special Collections Department
  • at or near exhibit cases, in lockers
  • Case policy also prohibits alcohol & tobacco products

About Us FAQ

What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

For further information, contact by email, or call 216-464-4050 x131 or 132.

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