Rent a private study carrel

A research study carrel at Senate House LibraryThe benefits

  • A completely enclosed, quiet working space with minimal distraction.
  • A lockable door, desk and storage space.
  • Internet connectivity for your own computing devices (via WiFi or network cable).
  • The option of issuing 20 books to the carrel, for reference use within the carrel (subject to the Library’s normal policy regarding renewals and fines).

Eligible researchers

You must be a member of the University of London and registered with the Library to book a carrel.

Academic staff and research (PhD/MPhil) students may book a carrel for up to 6 months in advance. Students engaged on taught postgraduate courses and undergraduate students in their final year may book a carrel for one week at a time. The booking cannot be made until the Thursday before the week required.

Rental price

The cost during term time is £17.50 per week and £15 per week during vacation time.   Payment is taken via credit or debit card when the carrel is booked.

Payment

Payment is then made via the University of London Online Shop and you will receive a confirmation email.

Rental time

Academic staff and research students can book up to 6 months in advance.  New stock for six months in advance will be added to the shop at the beginning of each month on a rolling basis e.g. From 01/10/14, it will be possible for UOL academic and PhD students to book weeks in March 2015.

Taught postgraduate and final year undergraduate students may only book a week at a time. The booking cannot be made until the Thursday before the week required.

Make a booking

All bookings are placed via the University of London Online Shop.Carrels are booked on a weekly basis, Monday-Saturday.

Each available week shows as a separate product in the Online Shop, which you book by adding it to your basket. If all carrels have been sold for a given week, the display will indicate “out of stock”.

On the first day of the period you have booked, show the email to staff on the 4th floor Service Desk and you will be allocated a carrel for the duration of your booking.

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Extend a booking

Place a new booking for the additional week(s) as described above. (Remember, taught postgraduate and final year undergraduate students must wait until Thursday to book for the following week.)

The due date of your carrel key will be updated within 24 hours – although this may take up to 72 hours if you renew on a Friday or Saturday. We advise academic staff and research students to renew in plenty of time. All renewals are placed via the University of London Online Shop.

Important information

Carrel occupants have a reference use only allowance of 20 books which are issued to the carrel for one week at a time. Books may be renewed online using the carrel name and membership number displayed on the carrel key fob. Late renewals of books issued to the carrel will incur fines. Late returned keys will incur a fine at the daily carrel rental rate.

Carrel users not in possession of their key will not be able to access the carrel. Lost carrel keys will incur a £20 non-refundable fine. Carrel users will not be able to access the carrel while a replacement key is being cut.

Prior to booking, please read the Library Regulations and the additional terms and conditions covering carrel rental.

For support and information email information.services@london.ac.uk.