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 Tuesday, September 28, 2004, IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


CU-Boulder Joins National Trend of University Library Coffee Shops
By Vanessa Lozano, junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Universities across the nation are modifying their "no food and drink" rules by adding coffee shops to their libraries and the University of Colorado at Boulder is no exception. Georgetown University has the Midnight Mug, Radford University has the Stacks Coffee Shop and now CU-Boulder has Norlin Underground.

The new lounge, developed in the space of the old Map Library, was created in direct response to requests from students and staff for an in-house coffee shop. It officially opened on August 23 and is located in the west section of the first floor of Norlin Library, down the hall from the circulation desk. University Libraries and the University Memorial Center Food Service collaborated on the development of the coffee shop.

"We see faculty and staff in here all the time," said Chris Gibbons, one of the three students who staff the shop. "I've heard some professors say that they'd like to hold their office hours here."

The coffee shop offers traditional and specialty coffee, juices, soda and bottled water. Prices range from $1.29 for a 12-ounce cup of coffee to $2.29 for a cappuccino. Additional food items may be offered in the future.

According to the libraries Web site, Norlin Underground is an experiment and its continued operation depends on customers' abilities to adhere to the rules. For example, all liquids taken beyond a certain point must be contained in mugs with secure lids. Resealable cups are available for purchase at the coffee shop.

"The space has great potential for a number of different activities, like art shows, poetry, lectures and classes," said Bhadra Mitchell, UMC marketing manager.

A series of lectures entitled "Sip and Tell" will be held at the lounge outside Norlin Underground in October.

Two opening events are being planned for Family Weekend and the beginning of December. The events will include daily specials and fun activities focused on getting students geared up to study.

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