Study Carrels and Rooms

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Individual and Group Study Rooms

Neilson Library: A small number of individual and group study rooms are available by reservation or on a first-come, first-served basis in Neilson Library. For information, contact the Circulation Desk, 585-2910.

Josten Performing Arts Library: Two group study/viewing spaces are available when not in use and can be reserved by emailing

Reserving a Study Carrel

  • Carrels can be reserved by Smith College students only.
  • First-come, first-served: priority given to graduate students, thesis students, Ada Comstock Scholars, and seniors.
  • Carrel reservations are for the academic year, September to May.
  • SSW students may reserve a carrel in Neilson Library for the summer semester.
  • Must be reserved in-person, Smith ID required.
  • Watch for announcements about when sign-ups occur early in September.
  • Sign-up at the Circulation Desk in the library where you would like to reserve a carrel.
  • Policies vary slightly from library to library, for further information contact the appropriate Circulation Desk:          
  Library Location   Email Phone Number
Neilson Library (413) 585-2910
Young Science Library (413) 585-2950
Hillyer Art Library (413) 585-2940
Josten Performing Arts Library (413) 585-2930

Carrel Policies

  • If you leave items checked out to yourself in your carrel, they remain your responsibility until they are checked in.
  • Books left in your carrel that are not checked out and stamped with a current due date will be removed and reshelved daily. If you renew items, record the new due date on them.
  • Items left in unreserved carrels will be collected and reshelved on a daily basis. Periodicals and reference books will be collected on a daily basis.
  • You are free to leave items in your carrel, but be aware that the library is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen. Thefts or removal of unattended items do occur. This includes library books checked out to you and any personal belongings such as textbooks, personal notes, reading lamps, pictures, etc.
  • Whenever you are not using your carrel, anyone is free to use it. If someone is using it, you may ask them to move. If you encounter any problems with this, see the Circulation Desk staff for assistance. Posting your schedule will cause less interruption for users.
  • If any items are left in your carrel that are not yours, please bring them to the collection trucks located near the elevator or leave them in the shelving areas at the end of the section.
  • You may have food at your carrel while you are working but please remove all food when you leave the library. Food left in your carrel will be removed.
  • Any lamps, heating or cooking appliances (space heaters, hot plates, kettles, etc.) are strictly prohibited due to fire hazard. Any of these appliances found in a carrel will be removed.
  • Misuse of the carrel may result in the loss of carrel privileges.
  • Hillyer Art Library carrels: library items can be loaned out to Hillyer carrels, and a specific policy handout for this process will be given to patrons when carrel is reserved.