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Carrels for student use: Carpenter

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Carpenter Library has 101 carrels for use by graduate students and undergraduate seniors majoring in classics, cities, archaeology, and history of art. Due to the limited number of carrels, undergraduates are required to share carrels.

Getting Started

See Laura Surtees to get a carrel assignment. You do not get to choose your carrel.


Visit or contact the Carpenter Circulation Desk.


Carrel assignments are for the academic year.


You must check out all materials to your carrel at the circulation desk using your yellow carrel card. Never leave books at your carrel that have not been checked out. Books checked out to your carrel are NOT permitted to leave the library. Only Carpenter materials can be checked out to carrels. Materials from other libraries must be checked out to your personal account and not to your carrel. Failure to abide by the carrel agreement or any abuse of your carrel or carrel agreement may result in the loss of carrel privileges. 

The due date for all materials is June 2nd of the following year. If a book has a June 2nd due date in Tripod, it means that the book has been checked out to a carrel. Carrels are considered to be a location within the library and thus other patrons are allowed to consult books checked out to your carrel (ask at circulation desk). Please consult with the person at that carrel as you are not to remove any book from other people's carrel. Materials checked out to your carrel should be shelved so that they are easily accessible.  You may keep the books that are checked out to yourself at your carrel, as well as your own personal books and articles, but please separate them from the materials checked out to the carrel.

You may have up to 40 books checked out to your carrel at any one time.  Materials checked out to carrels can be recalled. Please respond promptly to recall notices (via email). Any fines accrued by your carrel are your responsibility. To access your carrel account, go to Your name is the carrel number (e.g. Carrel A100) and use your barcode on your carrel card.

Do not leave anything valuable at your carrel. The Library is not responsible for personal items left at the carrel.  Please make sure all items left at the carrel are stored neatly and off the floor. Do not use masking tape, thumb tacks, or anything that would permanently mar carrel surfaces.  Beverages are permitted but must be in spill-proof cups or bottles. Do not bring any food into the library.

If you are planning to be away from the area for more than 3 weeks, return all materials before leaving.  If this presents undue problems, consult the librarians.  If a carrel is no longer needed, please notify the librarians so we can reassign it. Consistently unused carrels will be reassigned. Graduate students should empty their carrels if they are away over the summer.

Once you've been assigned a carrel and have read this agreement, please click here to fill out the carrel agreement form.

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