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Graduate Carrels


Graduate Carrel Policy and Procedures

The number of graduate carrels in the AUC Library is limited and, therefore, use of the carrels is restricted to graduate students in advanced candidacy.  The 30 carrels are assigned for one semester for the following three periods: fall semester, spring semester and the summer session. Graduate students may renew a carrel once.

Online Application for semester carrel use

An online application for a research carrel is available from the Library Web site:

All applicants must submit the online form to be considered for a study carrel.This form should be accompanied by an email to be sent to from the applicant’s major department confirming that the applicant is registered for the thesis for the current semester. Students approved for semester carrel assignments will be notified by e-mail and must make an appointment with the Carrel Coordinator to pick up assigned keys and sign the Graduate Carrel Agreement.

Carrel Use Guidelines
Library materials kept in carrels must be checked out.  Carrels will be checked by Library staff regularly. Materials not checked out will be removed from the carrel and re-shelved. Failure to comply with the policies and guidelines may result in forfeiture of the carrel.

Periodicals, other non-circulating materials may not be stored in locked carrels. Carrels are furnished with a chair, desk, shelves and wastebasket. Library furniture from other areas of the building may not be moved into the carrels.

Carrels should be locked at all times when not in use. Items should not be left unattended on the carrels. The AUC Libraries is not responsible for theft and/or damage to personal or library materials in the carrels.

For security reasons, occupants of carrels should not obscure the windows in their carrels with paper or other materials.

Carrels are not sound proof. Consideration of other library users is appreciated.

The loss of keys to a carrel or lock replacement will result in lock/key replacement charges.
Near the end of the carrel assignment individuals may submit a renewal application to be considered for another assignment, however, there is no guarantee of another assignment or extension.

Unless eligible for renewal, the carrel must be vacated by the end of the carrel assignment (the last exam day of classes as stated in the University calendar of the assigned semester). All library and personal materials should be removed from the carrel by the occupant and carrel keys should be turned in to the carrel coordinator by the end of the last day of the assignment.

Carrels will be inspected for damage and any relevant damage charges when keys are turned in. If damage has occurred to a carrel, the cost to the holder of the carrel will be determined based upon cost of the repair(s).

If the key is not returned by the date specified, the user will have a hold on his/her registration or graduation and will not be eligible to renew the carrel,materials will be removed, the lock changed, and the carrel holder billed for the locksmith's charges. Personal items will be given to University Lost and Found.

Questions about the Graduate Carrel Policy/Guidelines should be addressed to Ms.Amany Philip, Carrel Coordinator,, ext: 3397.

These policies governing the use of Graduate Carrels in the AUC Library have been established in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Student Services and approved by the Library Dean’s Council.

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