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Individual Study Carrels (Desks)

A row of study carrels. Desks side by side with privacy partition between them. Not much space under the desk for a guide dog. Dimensions are in text on this page

Study carrels are individual study desks often found in university libraries. This page describes study carrels and reminders when using them.

About Study Carrels

  • Study carrels are individual study desks, usually side by side with other desks
  • The desks are separated from each other by privacy partitions
  • They are available in various reading areas of the library


  • Table top: 34.5 inches by 24 inches 
  • Privacy partition: 24 inches high
  • Desktop: 30 inches above floor
  • Some study carrels have drawers

Using Study Carrels

  • Carrels may not be held over meal hours or while attending lectures 
  • Library materials left at the carrels will be reshelved 
  • Please do not leave your belongings unattended as thefts have occurred in the past.
  • Drinks in covered containers and cold food may be consumed at the carrels 
  • Hot food is not permitted 
  • Use the bins provided for wrappers and leftovers 
  • Persons who misuse the carrels will be asked to leave the building