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Visit the Robarts Family Study Space

With finals season coming up, are you looking for a quiet, family-friendly place to study? To meet the needs of parents on campus, Robarts Library opened the Family Study Space (FSS) in 2018! This family-friendly study space is the first of its kind in a Canadian academic library. To help you get familiar with this facility, we have gathered together all of the information you need to know to get the most out of the Robarts Family Study Space.

What is the Robarts Family Study Space?

The FSS is a welcoming, safe place for U of T parents to bring their children on campus when they are looking to get some work done. Unlike many other spaces on campus, this room is designed to be family friendly and is sound proofed, so parents don’t have to worry about their children disturbing other library patrons. In a recent Toronto Star article, mother of two and post-grad student Chelsea Chen shared that the Study Space provided “a sense of community” among the parents who used it.

Please note that it is a parent’s responsibility to supervise their own children while in the Study Space.

What is in the Family Study Space?

In addition to the usual study tools, such as computers, desks and comfy chairs, the FSS also includes a wide variety of toys and activities to help keep your children entertained. Nestled in on shelfs, your children will find age-appropriate books and toys, as well as a baby gym and kid-sized furniture! For a full list of the toys you’ll find, please visit the Family Study Space Inventory page online.

The FSS has even hosted a family-friendly event where a librarian from the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library lead a story time event for children ages 2-5. The U of T Libraries will also be offering a free child minding to U of T students in the Family Study Space during the month of November 2019! The service will be available from 1 – 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, November 16, 17, 23, and 24. Parents must remain in Robarts Library at all times. Registration is required, and space is very limited, so connect with U of T Libraries ASAP!

How do I register for the Family Study Space?

The FSS is available to all current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and visiting scholars who have children that are 12 years old or younger. Make sure you register for a fob in order to access the room. To get one, all you need to do is fill out the online form and you will be contacted when it is ready to be picked up. The fob must be renewed after August 31, annually.

For more information on the Robarts Family Study Space, please visit their website or one of the articles that have featured the space, including those in the Toronto Star, CBC Radio, the Bulletin Brief and the Varsity.

How do I get there?

The Family Study Space is located on the 9th floor of the Robarts stacks in Room 9-002. Before entering the elevator to the stacks, a person seated at a desk will ask you for valid identification. To access the stacks, you will need a valid TCard, U of T library card, a U of T alumni card, a stack access card, or a short-term visitor’s stack pass. Take the elevator to the 9th floor and the FSS is right in front of you! Although the door is closed and requires your key card to enter, there is a sign identifying the space. If you have trouble locating the space there are plenty of library staff who are happy to help you out.


Have you accessed the Robarts Family Study Space before? Leave a comment below about your experience!

Emily Pritchard

Emily is currently completing her undergraduate degree with a specialist in Criminology and a minor in Sociology. She plans to pursue a career in social work, with a focus on working with children and youth. When not studying or working at the Family Care Office, she spends her time reading the latest books and trying out new recipes. So, that’s Emily in a nutshell, reading, writing and cooking. Quite the picture, I’m sure!

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