This a picture of the lobby at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The lobby is usually the first place you go to at a hospital. It is where the receptionist works. He or she is a volunteer. A receptionist accepts the flowers and gifts to give to patients. They direct people to the places they need to get to so they aren't late for any appointments. Receptionists give out passes for family and visitors so they can go visit someone in the hospital. If you don't know what room the patient is in, they can direct you.
Lobbies are also waiting rooms. It is there so you have somewhere to wait. For example, you may need to wait for your little sibling to come out of the ER. There is also space for waiting in line if you have questions for the receptionist.
In some waiting rooms, the hospital will provide you with toys to entertain you while you are waiting. Some examples are TVs, video games, dolls, and bead roller coasters. To learn more about lobbies, visit the general virtual hospital tour at General Hospital Tour.