“No eating or drinking” is a common phrase heard by students when they enter the school media center. This is quickly followed by a librarian rushing over to immediately tell you to put away your beverage or snack.
Some students have complained about the strict media center rules over the ban of eating or drinking whereas other students agree with the rules. These rules are important in keeping the library in top condition.
The ban on eating and drinking was put in place as a means to prevent crumbs, insects and damage to computers or books. Open containers have the potential to spill and should be kept at the front of the library at the desk.
Books and computers are expensive and needs to be kept in pristine condition. While a few sips of water or a tiny snack may seem harmless, it can make a larger impact.
Some students argue that permitting food in the media center wouldn’t create a large mess. However, there is always a pile of food left behind by students after lunch.
There are only a few librarians therefore making it hard for them to clean up the mess without putting an extra strain on the janitorial staff.
Another media center rule is that a there are no headphones allowed during lunch, which is absurd. Some students prefer to listen to music while working as it helps them focus. Headphones allow the music to be quiet and do not disturb the people around the user.
Without any possibility of disruption, headphone bans serve as a bogus rule. “I always like to listen to music while I take my notes and it helps me focus,” junior Amritha Shridhar said.
A library should be a welcoming place for students to congregate. A student should not feel like a library, designed for the enrichment of others, is too much of a hassle.
Media center staff should be the greatest scholastic advocates. To discourage a student from spending time in a library goes against every logical role a library plays.