Carrels in the Hatcher Graduate Library

Hatcher carrel desk with chair and bookshelves

Open Carrels

The Graduate Library has many carrels open for anyone's use without reservation. They are located on floors 3-6 of the south building.

Accessible Carrels

The Graduate Library offers accessible carrels to students registered with Services for Students with Disabilities. For more information contact SSD

Weekly Reservations

Students may reserve one of five carrels available for week-long periods. To make a reservation, visit or call the Graduate Library Circulation Desk (104 Hatcher).

Semester Reservations

Semester carrel reservations are available for U-M faculty actively writing for publication and U-M doctoral students writing their dissertations for a fee of $15 per semester. Due to space constraints, we are unable to make reservations for other library users. Visiting scholars, research staff and others who may be interested in reservations can use our open carrel space. To reserve a carrel, contact the Graduate Library Circulation Desk (104 Hatcher) for more information.

Sharing Space

Semester reservations for carrels are shared by three people with different designated time assignments: 

  • Morning - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Afternoon 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 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 a 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 keys for semester and weekly reservations are distributed at the Graduate Library Circulation Desk. Carrel assignees must return carrel keys to Graduate Library Circulation at the end of their assignment. There is a $15 fee to replace lost carrel keys.

Carrel Maintenance and Security

All 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

Semester carrel assignees are notified to renew their assignment by email near the end of their reservation. If assignees choose not to renew their carrel they must 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 an expired carrel, Graduate Library Circulation will remove and hold these items while attempting to contact the assignee. Unclaimed materials will be discarded 2 weeks after the beginning of the next semester.

Carrel Cancellation

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

Page maintained by Denise Marie Foley
Last modified: 03/21/2016