Family Space and Children in the Library
A large area of the 2nd floor of the Library is designated “Family Space” on the weekends. This area has photocopiers, printers, 20 PCs, is close to the restrooms and service desks, has lots of windows with nice views, and a variety of furniture – most of it easily movable. This area is for use by students with children and community families.
The Family Space was created to benefit both families and all other users of the Library. We want to help students and other adults be able to use the Library’s resources when accompanied by their children who may need their attention frequently, room to move around, a place to nap within hands’ reach, etc. or make cries or sounds tolerable to other families but not to the majority of students in the Library. We want to keep the Library’s atmosphere as conducive to studying as possible for all users.
Per Library policy, children visiting Henderson Library should be accompanied at all times by a parent or supervising adult (over age 21) for their own safety and well being. Parents or the supervising adult, not the Library, are responsible for children’s use of the Library including access to electronic resources. There are no filters of any kind for internet access at the computers. The Library building and its information resources are not necessarily appropriate for younger children.
Children and youth visiting the Library without their parents or a supervising adult will be asked to leave if library staff believes them to be acting inappropriately or interfering with the Library’s primary mission of providing information resources and services to the Georgia Southern University academic community.
For now, Family Space will be labeled as such only on the weekends. However, at all times, the Library asks that youth and children not use the computers on the 1st floor. Please use the computers on the 2nd floor of the Library where there are two staffed service desks.
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