The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Library Research Carrels

Library research carrels are small, quiet work spaces in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library for graduate students and faculty.

Priority for Research Carrel Assignment

  1. Graduate students

  2. Faculty and designated visiting scholars

Length of Research Carrel Assignment

Role at UMass

Length of Assignment

Doctoral students

One year, option to renew for an additional year (maximum two-years)

Masters students

One year (no renewal)

Faculty and Visiting Scholars

One year, renewable based on eligibility.

  • A limited number of large (window), double-occupancy carrels are available for two individuals to share. Applicants must each reciprocally name each other as their carrel partner on their application in order to be assigned to a double-occupancy carrel.

  • Small interior carrels will be assigned to one individual. That individual may opt to designate one other eligible individual to share this space. In this case, the initial assignee will be the primary occupant on record and will prevail in any dispute over the space.

Timeline for Academic Year 2021-2022

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, prioritizing graduate students who have never held a carrel assignment. 

  • Applications for a double-occupancy carrel where two applicants have reciprocally applied together will be filled as soon as possible. There are a limited number of doubles. Anyone who applies for a double, but is not assigned a double, will be assigned to a single-occupancy carrel instead. 

  • All carrel assignments end on May 31st, 2022. Options to renew for a second year will be advertised during Spring 2022. 

Note: A limited number of open, day-use study carrels are available on the 7th and 10th floors of the DuBois tower on a first-come, first-served basis.

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