Olin Library Locked Carrel Policy

Olin Library Locked Carrel Policy




  • Only currently registered Cornell University graduate students who have completed their A-exams and are already on the Locked Carrel Waiting List


Locked Carrel Waiting List


  • Complete and submit a Locked Carrel Waiting List Application at any time
  • Applications are considered in the order they have been received
  • Qualified students will receive a number according to their placement on the Locked Carrel Waiting List. This number is updated every semester at the conclusion of the renewal period
  • Students remain on the Locked Carrel Waiting List until an assignment becomes available. If, at any point, they are not fully registered with the University, their name is removed from the Locked Carrel Waiting List
  • For students that select to be added to both lists, their name will be removed from both waiting lists once an assignment is granted to them.




  • Locked Carrel assignments are made per availability
  • Students will receive an email notification when the carrel assignment is ready
  • There is a one-time, non-refundable, non-transferable fee of $20.00 for a Locked Carrel in Olin Library
  • New Assignments must be picked up in 116 Olin Library during regular business hours (Mon-Thurs, 8:30am-4:30pm and Fri, 8:30am-3:30pm). Students have one week to pick up their assignment.
  • Students with existing Olin Library Open Carrel and/or Olin Library Locker assignments:

Circulation staff must move all library checked items to the new locked carrel. THE CARREL HOLDER CANNOT MOVE THE CHECKED LIBRARY MATERIALS THEMSELVES - THIS MUST BE DONE BY LIBRARY STAFF - NO EXCEPTIONS!


  • Carrel holders must move any personal items to the new locked carrel once the key is picked up
  • Students should move items from their locker to the locked carrel, but SHOULD NOT RETURN THE LOCK to 116 Olin - the lock must be on the locker at all times. (If, for any reason, a student would like to keep their locker, they must notify okcarrels@cornell.edu as soon as possible.)




Renewal reminders are delivered to carrel holders by email prior to the start of each semester.

  • Olin Library Locked Carrels must be renewed IN PERSON every Fall and Spring Semester to allow uninterrupted use of the carrel
  • Students must visit 116 Olin Library (Mon-Thurs, 8:30am-4:30pm and Fri, 8:30am-3:30pm) and sign new carrel agreement forms to renew
  • There is NO FEE to renew a locked carrel


Clearing a Carrel


  • Keys for Olin Library Locked Carrels must be returned to 116 Olin Library upon clearing personal items from the carrel.
  • Locked Carrels that are not renewed will be cleared. All library books are sent back to the stacks and any personal items found at the carrel are taken to 116 Olin Library’s Lost and Found.


Replacement Keys


  • Request a replacement key in 116 Olin Library or send email to: OKCARRELS@CORNELL.EDU
  • A $30.00 one-time, non-refundable, non-transferable fee will be required when the key is picked up in 116 Olin Library


Maintaining the Carrel


  • NOT ALLOWED: smoking, eating, cell phone use, group study, leaving valuables in plain view
  • ALLOWED: drinks with approved lids, books from any library, personal books and other items



Questions? See information summary or contact us at okcarrels@cornell.edu


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