Reserve a 1-Person Study Carrel

The Libraries are piloting the ability to reserve a 1-person study carrel at Memorial Library.

Sometimes referred to as “the cages,” graduate students can reserve a study carrel for up to 18 months, but there are enough carrels that many are open for general access.

As part of this pilot, Memorial Library has identified 4 carrels on each floor, each of which can now be reserved, much like a group study room can be reserved. The same reservation policies apply to these carrels as to the group study rooms, including the policy that reservations are limited to 4 hours total per person, per room, per seven day period.

How to reserve a study carrel

To reserve a carrel, go to the Study Room page (also at and click on the ‘Make a room reservation’ button. After logging in with your netID, click on the ‘Book Now’ button next to ‘Reserve a One-Person Study Carrel.’

About study carrel numbering

Due to changes in the building over the years, it is not obvious from a study carrel’s number on what floor it sits:

100’s 1 North
200’s 1M North
300’s 2 North
400’s 2M North
500’s 3 North
600’s 3M North
700’s 4 North
800’s 4M North
900’s 5 North
1000’s 6 North

How to find a reserved carrel

On each floor, the available reserved carrels are in the North Stacks.

From the main elevators, exit the elevator and immediately turn left. Take an immediate left again and walk into the North Stacks. The reservable carrels are along the walls on your right and left.

Each carrel has its number stenciled on the wall immediately inside the carrel.

Get off the elevator, turn left and left. The floor map is hanging on the wall.
Here is a typical floor plan. The location of the carrels on this image.
This is a typical 1-person study carrel. Note the room number stenciled on the wall, and the light switch above the desk.