Children of all ages are welcome in all public areas of the library, but if you want a space designed with kids in mind, check out our family-friendly room. This is a reservable study space for students, faculty, or staff caring for children. It is located within the Maps, Media, and Microforms room on the lower level.

You can reserve the room for up to 4 hours per day. Up to 8 people can use the room at one time—two caregivers and six children.

Reserve the Family-Friendly Room.



What we provide for adults

  • Computer with monitor
  • Printer with USB connector to print from a laptop; black and white printing only
  • Two monitors with USB connectors for use with a laptop
  • Whiteboards and markers

What we provide for kids

  • Child-sized furniture
  • Drawing surfaces
  • Computers with educational software
  • Toys

Nearby amenities for caregivers

Restrooms with baby changing stations are located near the central staircase on each floor.

A lactation room is located on the first floor in the Library Learning Commons area.

Children’s books are located on Tier 1.

Using the Family-Friendly Room

Any child under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult while in the library. Do not leave children or belongings in the room unattended.

The room is not soundproof. Please keep noise to a moderate level.

At the end of your visit, return the toys to their containers and wipe down surfaces.

Speak with someone at the Main Desk on the first floor if you have questions.

University partners

The University Library partnered with Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, University Worklife and Family Services, and the ISU Daily to offer the family-friendly space in Parks Library for students, faculty, and staff with children.