Coffee and fresh pastries?
Soup and salad?
In the library?
Dewey’s Book & Bean, one of the most enjoyable spots on campus, has been in operation since 2009. Tucked into a corner on the first floor of Mabee Library, it’s become a popular spot for students to grab a coffee and a snack between classes. With additional student services and a variety of new library-sponsored events, Pioneer Food Service director Steven Richmond partnered with several groups on campus to complete a mini renovation of the physical space and the menu itself.
“We saw a need to combine some of our other grab-and-go food offerings from around campus and create longer hours of operation to better serve students,” says Richmond.
He’s not joking. Dewey’s is now open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until midnight, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and from 6 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. A fresh paint job, new logo and greatly expanded menu are additional improvements that have taken place this fall.
It’s no secret to the campus community that students have wished for a café-style eatery on campus for quite some time. Several library staff members, the university marketing office and facility services pitched in to help with the idea, construction and design and create a new menu.
While the library staff dream about expanding Dewey’s even further, students are pretty excited about the recent changes. So are we – check them out!