Research Carrels

We have 27 research carrels on the third floor at Waldo Library for Western Michigan University faculty and graduate students who are engaged in writing or research requiring extensive use of library materials.

Requesting a carrel

Carrels are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty can reserve a carrel for one year with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Graduate students can reserve a carrel for one semester with the opportunity to renew on a semester-by-semester basis.

Applications will be reviewed at the beginning of each semester and will be assigned based on the research described in the application and carrel availability. Graduate students must provide a letter of support from a faculty member in their field of study or the dean of the Graduate College to be considered.

There is a two-year limit on carrel use if there is a waiting list. After two years, you will be required to submit a new application for a carrel.

Carrel access

Use your Bronco Card to access your research carrel. Each carrel has a unique card swipe reader. Card access to the carrel will be activated once you have been assigned a carrel. Access to the carrel will only be provided to you.

Carrel use

  • The Libraries monitor the card swipe system. The Libraries reserves the right to reassign a carrel if an individual goes two months or longer without using it.
  • Carrels are intended for individual use. Carrels may not be shared or used by anyone other than the assigned carrel holder. Carrel holders may not reassign access or grant use of the space to others.
  • Carrel holders may bring their own computers into their carrels. However, the Libraries cannot be responsible for the loss of any items left in the carrels. WMU Secure Wi-Fi is available in the research carrels. The Libraries does not provide access to the wired network.
  • Carrels will be cleaned weekly.
  • The window in the carrel door must remain clear for security purposes.
  • Carrels are located in a quiet study area. Talking and other noise are not allowed.
  • Building damage or maintenance issues should be promptly reported to the Office of the Dean.
  • When a carrel is vacated, all personal property should be removed. Everything found during clean-out will be discarded.
  • Abuse or circumvention of these guidelines may result in the loss of carrel privileges.

Book use in carrels

  • All library items stored in the carrels must be checked out at the service desk in the same manner as for external use.
  • When the borrower has finished with a book, it must be returned to a book return slot or the Service Desk so the borrower’s record can be correctly updated. Please do not reshelve books.
  • Reference books and periodicals may not be kept in the carrels.
  • Carrels will be checked regularly by library employees and at the end of each semester. Items that are not checked out or are overdue will be removed and returned to the collection.