Keywords

university library, family room, evaluation, student-parents, children

Abstract

Students currently in and returning to college are increasingly likely to have children. The demands of academic and family life can conflict, making it difficult for student parents to navigate both. Brigham Young University recently built a Family Friendly Study Room in the university library to provide a place for student-parents to care for their children while engaging in academic work. This study assessed the impact of the FFSR on patrons. Results show that the space is highly valued and offers both academic and relationship benefits. Moreover, students’ suggestions provide important feedback for future improvements. Recommendations for creating family-friendly spaces in university libraries are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Journal of Library Administration

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2019-06-21

Publisher

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

Language

English

College

Harold B. Lee Library

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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