Olin Library Open Carrel Policy

Olin Library Open Carrel Policy



  • Only currently registered Cornell University graduate students are eligible. Existing carrel holders who become unregistered must give up their carrel.
  • Faculty and instructors may apply for a Faculty Research Space 


  • Complete and submit a Open Carrel Application Form anytime
  • Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Please wait at least one week for your application to be processed. 


  • Carrel assignments are made per availability. New assignments cannot be changed.
  • New applicants receive an email notification when the carrel assignment is ready
  • There is no fee for an Open 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.


  • Carrels must be renewed online every Fall and Spring semester to allow uninterrupted use of the carrel
  • Renewal reminders are delivered to carrel holders by email prior to the start of each semester
  • Complete and submit a Renewal form during a renewal period (every semester, on the Monday two weeks after instruction begins; continues for one month)
  • There is no fee to renew

 Clearing a Carrel

  • 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
  • Renewal forms have an option to clear the carrel. This may be submitted through the web form, and the carrel will be cleared.

Maintaining the Carrel

  • NOT ALLOWED: smoking, eating, cell phone use, group study, books from other libraries, or personal books
  • ALLOWED: drinks with approved lids, books from Olin, Kroch,Uris and the Annex with charge slips in them



Please be advised that there is no policy barring other patrons from sitting at your carrel when you are not there. For the protection of your materials, when not using your carrel, please keep the desktop and windowsill area in order and free of loose papers.


Questions? see information summary or contact us as okcarrels@cornell.edu  


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