Carrel Policy and Request Process

Carrel applications will be accepted during the three weeks prior to the start of each semester through the first week of classes. Applications for fall 2016 have closed and the carrel assignment process is completed.

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. The Harold Johnson Library assigns carrels to students semester-by-semester. Provide feedback about the process.

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 are willing to share a carrel, but don’t have a carrel mate in mind, the library will facilitate a match.

Carrel Use Policy

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

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

Hampshire items that are checked out and that have pink due slips, as well as checked out Five College items, may be left in assigned carrels. You may ask at the InfoBar to get due 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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