Alderman Library Carrel and GRR Shelf Policies
Apply for a Carrel or Graduate Reading Room (GRR) Shelf
To apply for an Alderman study carrel or shelf in Alderman Library, contact Stephanie Hunter.
Note that there are also short-term use lockers in the Graduate Reading Room. The keys for the lockers are kept at the front desk of Alderman. The keys check out for 3 hours at a time.
The Fine Arts Library also has a limited number of study carrels available for graduate or doctoral level students. To apply for a Fine Arts Library study carrel, visit the Fine Arts Library circulation desk. Note that Fine Arts carrel policies may differ from the policies below.
Alderman Study Carrel General Use Policies
- Graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply for Alderman carrels or shelves in the Graduate Reading Room.
- Carrels and GRR shelves are assigned for an academic year. Graduate students may only have one or the other.
- Some carrels have two people assigned to them, so they must be kept tidy.
- Food should not be stored in carrels or shelves. Food will be disposed of if found.
- Problems with the carrel or the GRR shelf (burned out light, broken drawer lock, the carrel needs cleaning, etc.) should be reported to Stephanie Hunter.
- Carrels and GRR shelves 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 or shelf, allow it to be reassigned since there is usually a waiting list.
- Failure to renew carrel keys or GRR shelves 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 Charging Books
- All books and periodicals kept in carrels or on GRR shelves must be checked out to the owner.
- Carrel owners should inform Library staff that a book will be put in a carrel or GRR shelf at the time of checkout.
- Books that are carrel charged 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 by 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 or the Graduate Reading Room.