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Carrel Policy and Request Process

Carrel applications closed on Wednesday, January 31, for the Spring 2018 semester.

The Harold Johnson Library assigns carrels to students semester-by-semester. Since there are not enough carrels for all students, the library has developed an application process in an effort to make carrel access more equitable.

Carrel applications will be accepted two weeks prior to the start of each semester through the first week of classes.


Contact Veronica Golden, our access services associate: vgolden@hampshire.edu

In assigning carrels, the library will give priority:

  1. To final semester Div III students willing to share carrels
  2. To final semester Div III students, and
  3. To first semester Div III students who are willing to share carrels

In all three of these groups, students who have not previously had carrel access will be given priority over those who have already had carrels assigned to them.

Carrel space is limited, so we highly encourage you to find a carrel mate with whom you can share the space. If you list a specific carrel mate in your application, that individual must also submit an application and list you as carrel mate. Make sure you communicate with your intended carrel mate before submitting your application. If you are willing to share a carrel, but don’t have a carrel mate in mind, the library will facilitate a match.

Carrel Use Policy

Unassigned/Commuter Carrels and Tables

Recognizing that the number of carrels is so small, and that all students may want to use carrels, we will leave 10 carrels unassigned ("commuter") and open for use by patrons during open library hours. Patrons can use these carrels, on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons are not permitted to store or leave items in the carrels, nor do anything to claim them beyond the duration of that day’s library visit.

The library reserves the right to assign a commuter carrel outside of the carrel process due to documented extenuating circumstances, and on a case by case basis.

Tables in the library are also shared spaces, and should be available for use by all patrons (not claimed by anyone).

Assigned Carrels

Carrels remain the property of the library at all times. Whenever you are not present at your carrel, other patrons are free to use it. If you arrive and someone is using your carrel, you may ask that person to move.

Hampshire library items, and items from the other four colleges, may be left in assigned carrels. These items must be checked out and contain pink “Due Date” slips. You may ask at the InfoBar to get due date slips for your checked-out items. All other Hampshire items, including reference books and current periodicals, will be re-shelved daily. We will occasionally spot-check the assigned carrels to ensure that items are in fact checked out. Items that are not checked out will be re-shelved.

If you choose to leave personal or checked-out items in carrels, please store them neatly on or under the carrel shelf. Items not stored in such a manner may be removed at the discretion of library staff. Please keep your carrel neat and do not leave trash or recyclables in the carrel. Carrels that become unsightly may be cleared at the discretion of the library staff.

At the end of each semester, carrels are cleared completely.

The responsibility for personal items and checked-out library items remains yours. Leave them at your own risk. Do not leave valuables unattended in your carrel; thefts have been reported in the library.

Assignment to a carrel is an agreement between the student and the library to observe good library conduct. Carrel holders agree to keep noise to a minimum and respect the needs of those around them. Social conversations and hang-outs should move from the carrels to a more social space in the library, such as the library’s first floor.

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