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Study Carrels

Van Pelt, Fisher Fine Arts, and the University Museum Library offer study carrels for Penn students. Graduate students (and, in Van Pelt, undergraduates as well) may sign up for a carrel and charge library materials to that carrel for a full academic year.

Van Pelt

  • Over 600 carrels are available on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.
  • Carrel assignments are made at the Van Pelt Circulation Inquiries Desk.
  • Most carrels are shared by two people, each having an individual shelf for their library books.
  • Newer carrels are equipped with ethernet access for laptop computers; these are reserved for graduate students.
  • Students may charge circulating library books to their carrels.
  • Books many not be taken from the building while they are charged to a carrel, but may be recalled by other users.
  • Carrels are assigned in the fall for the academic year and may be renewed for the summer.
  • Other users may sit at carrels when they are not being used by the carrel holder, but carrel holders have seating priority at their own carrels.
  • For more information contact the Van Pelt Circulation Inquiries Desk at vpcircdk@pobox.upenn.edu.

Fisher Fine Arts Library

  • Fisher offers 137 carrels.
  • Only graduate students may have carrels in Fisher.
  • Other policies follow Van Pelt's.
  • For more information contact the Fisher Fine Arts Library at finearts@pobox.upenn.edu.

University Museum Library

  • Museum Library has 45 carrels.
  • Only graduate students may have carrels at the Museum Library.
  • Other policies match Van Pelt's.
  • For more information contact Hannah Bennett.

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