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April 07, 2005


Chris Silvey

San Francisco State didn't allow coffee and I never (not once!) studied in tha god awful place. Cornell had cafes in practically every library and studied there all the time. Coincidence?


I doubt it's a coincidence. I'm glad to hear some libraries now have cafes. I've never been to a library with a cafe inside! UC Merced, I'm told,is planning to allow coffee everywhere in its library and to make the entire first floor a cafe setting. Haven't checked out UC Riverside's library yet, so maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised...

Chris R

Northwestern at least had an area set aside in the library with coffee machines and snacks. Since then they've installed palatable coffee services. Students could pick and choose which parts of the library they wanted--the core where you could hear a pin drop, the little seminar rooms where students could get together in groups, or the cafe area. The buildings themselves were not that well-lit and were designed by neo-fascists, but the university made pretty good use of them.

Maybe it's a difference between public and private universities--private universities, however badly run they are, at least have to attract students on their merits. State schools, however good, attract students based on the price. That's my theory. Now let's find an absurd econometric procedure with low power to not reject it.


When I went to Clemson - it was a 24-hour library AND they allowed food/drinks anywhere and anyway you liked AND they had a coffehouse. It was heaven, except during final exam time (when people actually studied instead of just sleeping at the library), you sometimes had to sit on the floor in between the stacks [yes, students including me actually did this].

It would have been the best library ever ... if it actually had some useful books in it.

At Rochester, they don't have a coffeehouse in the library but they do allow drinks/snacks everywhere. I see pizza delivered frequently. But the place closes at 3am. That's way too early for some folks.


We've got a Starbucks in our main library. Of course we still don't officially allow food (in fact there is a rather large placard in the entrance proclaiming this), but with the Starbucks selling grindage from our dining services, this rule seems to be largely ignored. I'd be curious to see whether or not this has increased student (and faculty, who apparently get a discount) productivity.


Even at the U. of South Mississippi we have (the world's slowest) Starbucks in our library... can't believe we are ahead of some in that once libertine California.

Kim Davis

How funny I should come across a conversation about a topic such as this. I am currently working on a project for Christopher Newport University in Virginia involving this topic. If any of you would be willing to talk to me, please let me know. You can e-mail me or just leave me a message on here, and I will routinely check it. Hearing from other students about the trend in Library Cafes would really add to my project. E-mail: kim.davis.04@cnu.edu

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