Who can use them?
Final year students, postgraduates and staff can use them any time and can book up to 2 weeks in advance (last booking is at 6pm)
First and second year students can use them after 6.30pm and at weekends when available.
How to book a study carrel
Book a study carrel
choose a room
click on 'booking'
enter date and time in both 'to' and 'from' boxes
check confirmation and click 'GO' again to confirm booking
Carrels may be booked up to 2 weeks in advance - by final year students, postgraduates and staff only.
Bookings are not available for weekends - room keys are issued as available.
If you are eligible to book, but are having problems doing so, please contact the library so that we can check your record details.
Keys must be collected from the Mountbatten Information Point within 30 minutes of the booked time. Failure to collect a booked key by this time will result in the room automatically being made re-available for booking.
What periods can be booked?
Monday - Friday from 8.30am - 6.45pm (last booking time is 6pm).
The minimum booking session is 30 minutes - maximum is from 8.30am - 6.45pm. Each session of use needs a separate booking.
Any keys issued or booked until 6:45pm can usually be kept until the library closes for the day. Please check the return time with a member of staff when you collect your key.
After 6.45pm any carrels not in use are opened up for general access without keys. If you are not sure if a carrel is free after this time, please ask an ambassador.
24 hour Opening and Key return
During 24 hour opening any keys used overnight must be returned before the foyer desk opens at 8:30am the following morning. If you have the same carrel booked again at 8:30am please remember to bring your key to the foyer desk within half an hour of your booking time or your booking will automatically cancel.
After 7pm keys can be returned to a library ambassador. After 11:45pm keys can be left in the library suggestions box in the foyer (opposite the reservation collection shelves).
To cancel a booking:
Sign in on the library catalogue, and in your account:
click on 'Requests'
select appropriate booking and click on 'cancel'
click on blue text to see time and room information
Please note: cancel option is visible on future bookings only
What are the general rules?
Please vacate the carrel ten minutes before the library closes and remove all items. No library books can be stored in the carrels
Only one person is allowed in the carrel - they are for individual use only. If students want to work together, they must use one of the group study areas. Talking is not permitted in these rooms as we want to provide a peaceful study environment for carrel users.
No hot, greasy or smelly food.
Mobile phone calls must not be made or received in the study carrels. Texting is permitted but phones should be set to silent.
For health and safety reasons, doors and windows should not be blocked or covered .
Keys should not be left in the lock on the outside of the door for safety reasons and the door should not be locked from the inside for safety reasons.
The door should be locked if the student temporarily vacates the room . The door should only be left unlocked if the user is returning the key after 6.45pm.
Keys should be handed in at the loans desk when the student is no longer using the room for that day.
Library staff reserve the right to clear possessions from study carrels when not vacated in time for the next booking.
The availability of a room does not guarantee that the computer in that room is working
IT problems concerning the computers in the study carrels should be referred to the IT support officer at the floor 2 helpdesk during the day or to the staff member covering photocopy/IT queries during evenings and weekends, based at the copy desk
Students cannot use a study carrel if they are blocked because they have a book at 'very overdue' or 'lost' status or they have a reserved book overdue by 7 days or more. Borrowing is blocked until the situation is resolved.
Students who are blocked through penalty points may still have a carrel key issued.