Library services

Launch of the Family Room in the Brynmor Jones Library

Katie Austin

The photograph shows the Library's new Family Room. The room has a desk and computer for work, while the floor has lots of child-friendly resources. There are decorations on the wall and a mat on the floor to make the space more welcoming for our little visitors.

As an inclusive and welcoming campus, we are delighted here at the Hull University Library to launch a study room for students with children. A third of our student population are mature learners, many of whom are also managing family life as well as academic studies.

The large group learning room on the ground floor has been converted into a child-friendly room which can be booked out for students needing to access the library facilities whilst also juggling childcare.

So if you have a deadline looming during school holidays, need to drop in to print something out or simply prefer studying in our wonderful library building, please know that your children are very welcome to join you.

The ground floor is pushchair friendly and we also have a baby change and nappy disposal bin located within the café toilets.

If you need books collecting from the library floors, you can use the Library Live Chat to make a request during staffed hours. A member of staff will gladly bring these over to you.

The Family Room aims to take away any added pressures students with children may face while completing their academic studies on campus. Feedback from previous students with children has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to welcoming our first bookings throughout October.

Ali Craig

As always, please direct any comments or suggestions to the Library Feedback page.

I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of Katie Austin, our Equality Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator who has meticulously planned for this launch. It’s been a long time in the making.

Ali Craig
Operations Director & Head of Customer Experience

2 replies on “Launch of the Family Room in the Brynmor Jones Library”


Whilst family rooms are an amazing idea, this one seems to be somewhat lacking for any type of engagement for a child.

I have a 4 year old and not second would he be entertained in here.

Additionally 1 family room when there are probably hundreds of parents at Hull uni is poor.

Back to the subject though, a few books and a bare floor barring a small mat isn’t really somewhere you could spent any considerable amount of time with a child in.

I question whether the pictures used are genuine or just completely staged.

I also challenge whoever thinks this is brilliant to spend a 4 hour stint in there with my 4 year old or even more realistic 2 children of differing ages.

Thanks for your comments on our family room blog post Mike. Although these pictures were staged in order to launch the family room at the Library, we have seen lots of use by parents since with small children and have created further social media posts in turn. Having a space where the child is able to play safely was our main aim here, parents often bring additional toys or devices – our guest Wi-Fi proves useful. Our library on all floors continues to be accessible to parents with children, the family room is an additional space to help.

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