Alderman Library Carrel Policies

Apply for a Carrel

To apply for an Alderman study carrel, contact Stephanie Hunter.

General Use Policies

  • Graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply for Alderman carrels.
  • Carrels are assigned for an academic year.
  • Some carrels have two people assigned to them, so they must be kept neat.
  • Food should not be stored in carrels. Food will be disposed of if found.

Problem Reporting

  • Problems with the carrel (burned out light, broken drawer lock, the carrel needs cleaning, etc.) please contact Stephanie Hunter.


  • Carrels can be renewed each year as long as the owner is a graduate student in good standing.
  • Owners will be contacted near the end of each academic year with a renewal reminder.
  • If an owner is not using the carrel, allow it to be reassigned since there is usually a waiting list.
  • Failure to renew carrel assignments may result in loss of carrel privileges and check-in of any Library materials left on the carrel.
  • Notify the Circulation Desk of address changes to ensure receipt of all correspondence regarding Library matters, including carrel renewal deadlines.


  • Carrel keys must be returned immediately at the conclusion of carrel assignment.
  • There is a $10 charge for nonreturned or lost carrel keys.  Bills will be referred to Student Financial Services.

Carrel Books

  • All books and periodicals kept in carrels must be checked out to the owner.
  • Carrel owners should inform Library staff that a book will be put in a carrel at the time of checkout.
  • Books checked out to carrels are not desensitized, and a carrel slip will be placed in each book.
  • Books without carrel slips may be removed and reshelved by Library staff, so the carrel slips should be visible.
  • Keeping uncharged material in carrels may lead to revocation of carrel privileges.
  • Do not keep carrel slips. Return carrel slips when returning books.
  • Carrel owners should stop at the Circulation Desk when taking a carrel book out of the Library so it can be desensitized and the circulation record checked. The carrel slip will be removed at this time.
  • Books are left in carrels at the owner’s risk.  The Library does not assume responsibility for personal materials or books left in carrels.