Q. What is a carrel?

I got an email about signing up for them , but I have no idea what it is.


Hi Daniel, 

Thank you for your question! Students carrels are the semi-enclosed desks that you might have seen scattered around if you have visited the library. You and a partner sign up for them during carrel sign-up and it is yours for the semester. Only one partner is required to attend carrel signup but you do need to provide  the email address of the partner that can't make it. If you don't have a partner, one will probably be assigned to you due to carrel supply and demand. This semester carrel sign-up will take place this Sunday from 8pm-10pm in the Torian Room (2nd floor) of the library. Each carrel has a desk with a bookshelf and a chair. Some are located beside windows and have outlets nearby. Some are more tucked away and some are located in the middle of the floor. You can keep any textbooks, study supplies, and checked out library books in your carrel.  If you are interested, I would stroll around the various floors and see which carrels your might be interested in. Each one is numbered, so I would jot down a few numbers and bring those with you to carrel sign-up. The carrels are first come, first serve and folks do tend to line up before carrel sign-up opens. Some are recommending that you arrive around 7pm or 7:15 to get in line.  Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have other questions. 



  • Last Updated Aug 13, 2016
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  • Answered By Cari Reynolds

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