The Library’s Family Study Room is a study space for students with children. You can work there alongside your children.

It’s an ideal space for short study sessions when you need to keep your children with you and occupied. Any age of child is welcome, but we have particularly designed the room with under-12s in mind.

You must register to use the room; see below for full details.

The Family Study Room is located in room LBU/003 on the ground floor of the Raymond Burton Library on Campus West. Turn right past the Library Help Desk and follow the corridor into the Burton building. The room is located close to toilets and baby changing facilities; it has level access for ease of entry with a pushchair.

A view of the family study room, showing four desk spaces. Two of the desks hold desktop computers. There are also two armchairs at a coffee table and the children's area in the background with bookcases, toys and beanbags.

What is in the room?

The Family Study Room is a dual use space, with half of the room given over for students with children to work and the other for your children to play. The student half of the room includes study desks and PCs. The children’s area provides a range of books, toys and specialist furniture for children.

Who can use the room?

The Family Study Room is available for any student with children currently enrolled at the University of York. We also allow registered users of the Family Study Room to bring a nominated guest with you when you and your child visit. For more details, please refer to our terms and conditions in the section below.

Do I need to register?

Yes: you must register with us before you can use the Family Study Room, which will help us to ensure the security and smooth running of the space. To register, please select a date from our induction calendar (University of York login required) to book your mandatory induction. The induction will cover the terms and conditions for using the Family Study Room and must be completed prior to your first visit.

Do I need to book a space in the room?

Yes. You will need to book your space each time you visit the Family Study Room, although this can be done when you arrive if spaces are available.

How can I send you feedback?

We would love to hear your thoughts about how we can develop the Family Study Room. Please email your comments to

Why did we create this space? 

The Family Study Room supports our University Strategy by empowering our students' education. Hear from students who use the room and Faculty Engagement Manager David Brown about what this means to them.

Other support for students with children

We’re excited to offer the Family Study Room, but we appreciate that it won’t suit the needs of all students with children. As well as the room we also have a range of other support in place for you.

Contact us to get access to these additional services.

Book retrieval service

We will collect requested items from the shelves up to 24 hrs ahead of your visit.

Longer loans

You can have a longer return time for loans and a longer collection time for requests.

Free postal loans

You can receive free library postal loans and returns from anywhere in the world.