Carrels for student use: Canaday

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  • A limited number of carrels in Canaday are available to Bryn Mawr College community members.
  • Canaday B7 and B8 are designated for prelim exams
  • Canaday 305 and 308 are video viewing carrels

Getting Started

  • The Canaday carrel application form is posted at the beginning of ever semester.
  • Prelim and Video Viewing carrels in Canaday: Book ahead and check out a key from the Canaday Circulation Desk.


Visit or contact the Canaday Circulation Desk:, 610-526-5276, Canaday First Floor.


  • Students may apply for carrels starting on the following dates, depending on their college affiliation:
    • August 14: McBrides and undergraduate students who reside off campus
    • September 4: seniors and graduate students
    • October 1: all other interested students
  • Graduate students may book a prelim carrel in Canaday for up to 5 hours for test-taking.


Students may submit a carrel application online, and are able to select their top choice for a carrel. The carrel application will remove carrels from the list as they are selected by other students. Once a carrel has been assigned, students will be notified via email of the assignment and will have to come to the circulation desk in Canaday to sign a carrel agreement.  

The application form will serve as the record of which carrels are available. There is a blog featuring pictures and locations of all Canaday carrels at The blog is for informational purposes and will not be updated with which carrels are already assigned.

Requests sent early will not be honored. Patrons who need special accommodations with regards to carrel location, etc, should contact Access Services.

Circulation will keep a list of all carrel assignments. All carrels that have been “saved” without an official assignment will be cleared of all belongings.

Carrel assignments stay in place for one academic year. All carrels must be cleared out by the Monday after Commencement so that we can perform routine maintenance and upkeep. You can reapply for the same carrel the next year, but we cannot guarantee that it will be available for you.

Do not leave valuables or materials that have not been checked out in your carrel. Library items left in carrels that have not been checked out will be re-shelved by library staff. Items left in carrels by those who have graduated will be removed during the summer.

Do not use or keep any appliances or decorations that could be fire hazards at your carrel. These include string lights, electric tea kettles, coffee makers, etc.

You may not store your belongings in prelim or video viewing carrels.

Library Circulation and Access Policies

Request a carrel


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