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Study Carrels Policy
  1. Priority of Assignment
  2. User Responsibilities
  3. Libraries' Responsibilities
  4. Application Procedures
  5. Libraries' Material Policies
  6. Carrel Inspections
  7. Carrel Keys
Study carrels on the third and fourth floors of the Ned R. McWherter Library are available for individual assignment to support study and research by eligible library users. Study carrels are equipped with electrical outlets, wireless Internet access, desks, and cabinets. Carrels are not to be used for office or conference space. Applications for carrels are available from the Check-Out Desk and online. The use of study carrels is governed by the following policies:
  1. Priority of Assignment

    Carrel assignments will be made according to the following priorities on a first-come, first-served basis: Check-out periods for study carrels range from one semester to one academic year.
    • Graduate students
    • Faculty
    • Administrators
    • Visiting scholars
    • Retired faculty
    • Others with special needs

  2. User Responsibilities

    A carrel is to be used exclusively by the person to whom it has been assigned and cannot be loaned or transferred to another party.

    Nothing is to be permanently posted or attached in any way to walls or furniture. The inside and outside of the carrel door glass should not be blocked by posters, papers, a filing cabinet, etc.

    Personal equipment such as computers, iPads, Kindles, iPods, calculators, study lamps, or desk clocks is permitted. Electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, space heaters, coffee pots and personal furniture are prohibited.

    Use of tobacco products, illegal drugs, or alcoholic beverages is not allowed in study carrels. (University Policy: UM1614 Rev. 1; UM1563 Rev. 1)

    Possession of any weapon in the study carrels is strictly prohibited (University Policy: UM1505).

    Personal items of value left in the carrel should be locked in the cabinets provided for this purpose. The Libraries will not be responsible for damage or loss of any personal property or other items left in the carrel.

  3. Libraries' Responsibilities

    Assignment of study carrels is intended to accommodate the need for a place where faculty or students can conduct uninterrupted research. Carrels not in regular use should be surrendered.

    Carrel assignments are confidential.

    Carrels may only be used during McWherter Library‚Äôs operating hours. Carrels may not be used as a mailing address location. Mail addressed to a carrel will be returned to the sender. Messages will not be delivered to carrels, nor will carrel holders be paged.

  4. Application Procedures

    Library users who are eligible may apply for an individual library carrel. An application/registration form may be picked up at and returned to the Check Out Desk. Applications are also available online.

  5. Libraries' Material Policies

    All circulating library materials in the carrel must be properly checked out to the assigned occupant. All items will be subject to regular loan policies and overdue fines and fees.

    Periodicals, Reference books, and other non-circulating materials should not be left in the study carrel.

  6. Carrel Inspections

    Libraries staff will periodically inspect carrels. All library-owned materials will be removed if not properly checked out or if overdue. Fines and fees will be assessed on overdue materials. Any prohibited materials will be removed and held at the Check-Out Desk.

  7. Carrel Keys

    Carrel keys may not be duplicated or loaned to other individuals. Keys must be returned to the Check-Out Desk at the end of the loan period. If keys are not returned, a fee of $25 per key will be charged accordingly.

    Lost keys should be reported immediately to the Check-Out Desk. Replacement keys will be made available after payment of required charges.

    Send all inquiries to Sharon Tucker, via email at or for additional assistance, call (901) 678-8248.



Revised, Spring 2011

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