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MSL Carrel Application Form

Study carrels at Marston are for graduate students in the sciences ONLY.

MSL Carrel Assignment Policies

Study carrels at the Marston Science Library are for graduate students and faculty in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields only. Students in the humanities, fine arts, health science, etc., should refer to their corresponding libraries for study spaces. Information on Library West graduate student carrels may be found here:

Students must be currently enrolled or registered for classes to be issued a carrel.

Students should apply for a carrel only once per semester. Multiple applications do not increase the likelihood of carrel assignment nor speed up the process.

Carrel assignment may take two weeks or longer, especially at the beginning of the fall semester. Many carrel applications are submitted during this period, with only one library staff member to process them. Students will be notified via email if they are assigned a carrel.

Carrels are assigned randomly. Requests for specific carrels will not be honored. Once assigned, carrels may not be changed unless there is a maintenance or accessibility issue. Students with mobility impairments requiring accessible carrels should send an email to upon application submission.

The carrel loan period is for the remainder of the school year (fall through summer) following carrel assignment. Carrels are renewed automatically each semester until the end of the summer semester, when keys must be returned. Students will receive an email notification reminding them of the due date. Keys may also be relinquished at any time prior to the due date.

Any questions regarding carrel assignment or usage should be directed to

MSL Carrel User Rules

Marston Science Library is not responsible for items inside study carrels. Carrels are not secure lockers, and students are advised against storing personal or valuable belongings in them.

The following items may not be kept in study carrel lockers:

  • Food or drink of any kind
  • Any library books/journals not checked out to the carrel user
  • Cell phones or any other devices that can emanate sound/vibration or be otherwise disruptive
  • Valuable or expensive items such as laptops, iPads, etc.

Carrels are subject to regular inspection by library staff. Food or drink stored in carrels will be disposed of. Electronics (cell phones, laptops, etc.) will be held at the circulation desk. Library material not checked out to the carrel user will be removed. Violation of these rules may result in revocation of carrel privileges.

Lost keys are subject to a fee of $35. A $100 lock replacement fee will be charged for keys not returned at the end of the loan period.

Carrel damage (broken lock, door, etc.) should be reported immediately to

I have read the rules listed above and agree and understood them.