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Study Carrels

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NOTICE: We have suspended Main Stacks study carrel reservations for the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic year. The Library will be providing the carrel spaces as additional seating for students next year, while Moffitt Library is undergoing seismic work and will be closed (beginning December 18th, 2021.) We will resume reserving Main Stacks study carrels in August 2022. Please see our web page Find a study space for alternative options during the Moffitt closure.

Assignment of carrels

  • Applicants must be registered graduate students, visiting scholars, or postdocs in good standing, with no outstanding blocks or bills.
  • All carrel assignments expire at the end of the academic year (end of Summer Session), unless they are renewed with the Privileges Desk by the user.
  • If not renewed, carrels must be cleared of all Library materials and personal property by the date of expiration. Dates for renewal of carrels will be posted at the Privileges Desk in advance of the expiration date.

Use of books in carrels

  • Only Main (Gardner) Stacks, Moffitt Library and NRLF books may be kept in carrels, and all must be charged out at the Doe or Moffitt Library Circulation desks.
  • Carrel flags will be inserted in books by the Circulation attendant, and must remain in the books.
  • Identification must be shown in order to remove books with flags from the Main (Gardner) Stacks.
  • If a properly completed carrel flag is not in the book, the book will be removed from the carrel by Library staff.

NOTE: When returning charged books, place them in the book return bin by the Doe Library Circulation desk on Level A of the Main (Gardner) Stacks, so the item may be cleared from your record. Do not place charged books on the tables in the Stacks or re-shelve them.

Library use only/uncharged books

  • Library Use Only books may not be kept in carrels.
  • Uncharged books will be cleared from carrels on a daily basis and re-shelved so that other users may find them.

Personal books and books from subject specialty libraries

  • Personal books and books from subject specialty libraries cannot be left in carrels.
  • No carrel flags will be issued for these books.
  • No identification will be required of people removing such books from the Stacks.
  • Non-Doe, Moffitt and/or NRLF items will be collected in daily sweeps of the carrels.