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Beverage Policy


The Public Library of Johnston County & Smithfield strives to create a welcoming, clean and comfortable environment for the public. At the same time, the Library has a responsibility to protect the resources of the building including, but not limited to, the furniture, library materials, flooring, and computers. Consistent with both these goals, the Library has adopted the following guidelines for the consumption of beverages in the public area.

Members of the Library staff will courteously but firmly enforce PLJCS Beverage Policy set forth herein.



Only beverages in covered containers are allowed in the library. This includes:

  • Coffee and other drinks with lids

  • Bottles of water, soda, juice, etc. with caps

  • Take-out drinks in paper or Styrofoam cups with lids.


Alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstances. All cups and bottles associated with beverages must be properly disposed of by the patron.


Approved by the Library Board of Trustees September 30, 2013.

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