Research Carrel Information

Waldo Library has 38 carrels available for faculty and graduate student use. The following procedures and information will be used to ensure fair and impartial access to the carrels and establish expectations for their use.

Research carrels are reserved for active WMU faculty, emeriti and graduate students who are engaged in writing or research requiring extensive use of library materials. They may not be used for offices, conferences or other purposes.

  • Carrels are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Faculty and emeriti may reserve a carrel for one year with an opportunity to renew for a second year.
  • Graduate students may reserve a carrel for one semester with the opportunity to renew on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • There is a two-year limit on carrel use if there is a waiting list. After two years, carrel holders will be required to submit a new application for a carrel.


  • Complete a Research Carrel Application
  • Graduate students must submit an application and a letter of support from a faculty member or the Dean of the Graduate College. The letter should support the research nature of the carrel request.
  • One month before the end of each semester, carrel holders will be contacted about their carrel usage and to determine if they wish to renew the carrel. If no renewal is requested, card swipe access will be deactivated on the last day of the semester, and the carrel will be assigned to another person. After two years of use, carrel holders will be required to submit a new application for a carrel.
  • If a faculty member or graduate student expects to be away from campus for a significant period of time, they will be required to remove all personal contents and the carrel will be assigned to another person.

Carrel Use

  • Carrel holders will use their Bronco Cards to access their assigned space. Each carrel has a unique card swipe reader. Card access to the carrel will be activated after they have been assigned. Access will be provided only to the carrel holder.
  • The card swipe system is monitored by the Libraries. The Libraries reserves the right to reassign a carrel if an individual goes two months or longer with no use.
  • 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 re-assign access or grant use of the space to others. 
  • Carrel holders may bring their own computers into their carrels. However, the Library cannot be responsible for the loss of any items left in the carrels.
  • When a carrel is vacated, all personal property should be removed, as everything found during clean-out will be discarded.
  • Building damage or maintenance issues should be promptly reported to the Office of the Dean.
  • Please note: (a) Carrels will be cleaned weekly. (b) The window in the carrel door must remain clear for security purposes. (c) Carrels are located in a quiet study area; talking and other noise are not allowed.
  • Abuse or circumvention of the 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.