Rent a private study carrel

The carrels are located on the 4th floor of the Library (Goldsmiths Library, Middlesex South, and Middlesex North reading rooms)

The University will be holding its annual Foundation Day ceremony on Wednesday 25th November. As a result, the Library will be closing at 1330 on that date, and it will not be possible to access the library after that time. If your use of a carrel is disrupted by the early closure, please email We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Events will be taking place in the Goldsmiths’ Reading Room during November that support the University or the Library’s Illuminations exhibition.

Carrels in the Goldsmiths Reading Room will be unavailable at the following times:

  • Friday 13th November 2015, 0900 – Saturday 14th November 2015, 1000
  • Thursday 19th November, 1530 – Friday 20th November, 1000
  • Friday 27th November, 1600 – Tuesday 1st December, 1000
  • Wednesday 16th December, 1600 – Thursday 17th December, 1000

We apologise for any inconvenience. If your use of a carrel in the Goldsmiths’ Reading Room is disrupted because of one of these events, please email or speak to staff at the 4th floor Service Desk.


Quiet study spaces

  • Your own private study room in a 4th floor reading room with minimal distraction.
  • A lockable door, desk and storage space.
  • Internet connectivity (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).


You must be a member of the Library to rent a carrel. 

  •  University of London academic staff and research (PhD/MPhil) students may book a carrel for 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 1st June 2015, it will be possible for UoL academic and PhD students to book weeks up to the end of November 2015.
  • All other library members may book a carrel for one week at a time only. 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.

Make a booking

  1. All bookings are placed via the University of London Online Shop via debit or credit card. Carrels are booked on a weekly basis, Monday-Saturday.
  2. 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”.
  3. You will receive an email confirming your booking.
  4. 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 in one of the 4th floor reading rooms for the duration of your booking.

Extend a booking

  1. Place a new booking for the additional week(s) as described above.  Remember, University of London academic staff and PhD/MPhil students may renew their carrel at any time.  All other library members must wait until Thursday to book for the following week.
  2. 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.

Please read this before booking a carrel

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.

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