- All carrel users must complete a carrel check-in form and provide a phone number and email where they can be reached year-round.
- Swipe access will be granted to the carrel user after the check-in form is received.
- If an assigned user does not complete their check-in form by September 30, their assignment will be forfeit and the carrel will be reassigned.
- A library staff member will inventory the space before the move-in date to ensure that the furniture and walls are in good condition and to note any issues for repair. A copy of this inventory will be kept in the carrel for your review.
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
Faculty and graduate students can apply to use a research carrel for one academic year. Graduate students must provide a letter from a faculty member or the Dean of the Graduate College, supporting the research nature of the request, along with their application. Incomplete applications or applications without a detailed description will not be considered.
Applications are accepted online between February and mid-March each year. New carrel assignments will be communicated in April. Carrel assignments run from August through mid-June.
Faculty members may request a one-year extension of their carrel assignment by re-submitting an application. Extensions are not guaranteed. Faculty members are limited to one extension only. Graduate students are not eligible for extensions.
After a carrel assignment has ended, there is a one-year waiting period before a faculty member or graduate student may reapply for a carrel.
Carrel access and use
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 and completed the online check-in form. Access to the carrel will only be provided to you.