New expanded fourth floor lounge is the place to take food and drink breaks

New Designated Eating Zone

Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, the Alkek Library’s fourth floor lounge will cover an expanded area and become the library’s designated eating and drinking zone. The larger lounge area offers patrons a space where they can take a break and eat or drink without masks while seated. As with all campus dining areas, users of the space are expected to wear masks except when seated and actively eating.

Creating this space will help us, help you by making it easier to enforce mask and social distancing requirements throughout the rest of the library. The lounge, Starbucks and the private study rooms are now the only public areas of the building where masks can be removed to eat or drink.

Furniture on the fourth floor has been rearranged to create this area with more banquet-style seating that is socially distanced. Patrons are asked not to move the furniture for the safety of themselves and others. Seating in the lounge area has been doubled in the expanded area which is marked off with stanchions.

Learn more about how the library is asking patrons to Help Us, Help You on our Fall 2020 Service Plan web page.

This article contributed by University Libraries Marketing and Promotions Coordinator Debbie Pitts.