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Research Carrels for Faculty and Graduate Students

                              RESEARCH CARREL PROCEDURES

Research carrel applications or requests for renewal of carrel assignments may be submitted by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. Should requests exceed the quantity of available carrels, assignments will be made from a waiting list as vacancies occur on a first-come, first-served basis.

Carrels will be assigned to those ODU faculty members and graduate students with demonstrated need to use library resources for a given research or writing project, on-campus sabbatical project, doctoral dissertation, or master's thesis. Due to limited availability, carrels are normally shared by two people and should not be used as a substitute for normal office or study spaces. Carrels are NOT to be used for individual tutoring.

New and renewal requests will be considered on an equal basis. Renewal requests for carrels should be filled out promptly. Two people will be assigned to each carrel as necessary. Carrels are available for use during the regular hours of library operation.

One key will be assigned to each individual, with the understanding that it is not to be loaned to others or to be duplicated under any circumstances. Lost keys should be reported immediately to staff at the Learning Commons desk or to the External Patron Services and Operations Support Specialist to inform them of the lost key. Once a replacement key is created, the individual will be responsible for paying any associated fees.

For vacated carrels, re-assignment will be made from the waiting list. If an assigned carrel is not used and there are names on the waiting list, the faculty member or graduate student will be asked to vacate the carrel and return the key.

                              RESEARCH CARREL GUIDELINES

  • Any Library materials that are kept in the carrels must be checked out to your account. Do not keep Library periodicals, newspapers, indexes, reference materials, whiteboards, Library-owned office supplies, or additional chairs in the carrel. Switching out the standard carrel chair requires prior approval.
  • If not renewing a carrel, remove all personal be­longings and return the key by the end of the semester.
  • Keeping personal belongings in a research carrel is done so at your own risk. The Library will not be responsible if a loss occurs.
  • Use spill-proof containers for drinks in the carrel. Do not store any food items.
  • Do not have small appliances such as heating and cooling units, microwaves, refrigerators, coffeepots, etc. in the carrel.
  • The use of tobacco and smoking-related products, and electronic cigarettes and vaporizers is prohibited in all facilities and vehicles owned or leased by the university. The possession or use of cannabis on campus is not permitted. (ODU Policy 3220 and ODU Policy 6603)
  • Do not use the carrels for tutoring.
  • Respect the privacy and quiet of other carrel users.
  • Immediately report any issues with the carrel (lost keys, broken locks, leaks, burnt out lightbulbs, etc.) to Library staff.

                              RESEARCH CARREL REQUEST FORM

If you agree to the guidelines for use of research carrels and would like to fill out the application for a new carrel or request renewal, use the Research Carrel Request Form (requires MIDAS login).

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