Carrels in the Hatcher Graduate Library

Hatcher carrel desk with chair and bookshelves

During the Summer 2014 Hatcher Life Safety construction project we are not assigning carrels or lockers. We will begin accepting reservations with renewed policies in Fall 2014 at the Graduate Library Circulation Desk (104 Hatcher)


Undergraduate students may reserve a carrel for week-long periods, with a deposit of $10.


University of Michigan doctoral candidates and faculty members who are actively engaged in writing a dissertation or a work for publication may rent carrels by the term for a fee of $15.


Carrel keys are distributed at the Graduate Library Circulation Desk with a $15 fee. You must return carrel keys to Graduate Library Circulation when your assignment ends.

Sharing Space

Assigned carrels are shared by three people. Assignments are made for the morning (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), afternoon (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.), or evening (6 p.m. to close). Any assignee may use the carrel during another’s time period if that individual is not present; however, if the assigned individual comes in, the other person should find different study space. Each carrel has three shelves, one for each person. Assignees are asked to use only their assigned shelf and to keep the carrel neat and orderly. Carrel users in need of additional storage space may rent a locker.

Carrel Maintenance and Security

Carrels are checked on a regular basis and uncharged library items are removed and returned to the shelves. Report security or maintenance problems to Graduate Library Circulation.

Carrel Renewal

Carrel assignees are notified by email to renew their assignment towards the end of Fall, Winter and Summer term. If you do not want to renew your carrel, return the key to Graduate Library Circulation. If Graduate Library Circulation does not receive a response about carrel renewal and personal materials are found in your carrel, Graduate Library Circulation will remove and hold these items while attempting to contact you. Unclaimed materials will be discarded after 3 weeks.

Carrel Cancellation

Because of the high demand for carrels, please contact Graduate Library Circulation if you no longer need your carrel. 

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Last modified: 07/10/2014