Rutgers closes library cafe due to lack of traffic

The library has added vending machines for coffee, snacks and cold beverages.

Nov. 4—After two years, the Scarlet Latte Cafe at the Archibald S. Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus closed its doors at the end of day last Thursday.

Lack of traffic has made its operation a loss, said Lila Fredenburg, director of administrative services for Rutgers Libraries.

She said Rutgers Dining Services, which operates the cafe, decided to cut its losses and abandon the space, which the library owns.
Dining Services and the library were not financial partners, and Dining Services was charged no rent to operate in the cafe space, she said, although the library offered help to keep the cafe afloat.