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Robarts Library carrel services

There is no access to carrels in 2020/2021, but renewals and new applications are being accepted. The Carrel Office is currently closed.

Use the button below to either apply for a carrel, or to renew your carrel.

Apply for a carrel

Eligibility change

Graduate students, faculty members, and visiting scholars in the humanities and social sciences (Divisions I and II).

Borrowing card

When you get a carrel in Robarts, we will issue you a carrel borrowing card. Use it to sign out books to your carrel for in-library use on the Loan Services Desk on the first floor.  These books must remain in your carrel at all times.

The carrel borrowing card permits:

  • 90-day loan period
  • Unlimited renewals
  • Late fees will apply

After two weeks, other borrowers can request books from your carrel.  Library staff will remove the books and leave a note in your carrel.

Ask the carrel services office about carrel loans and fines on your account.

Office hours and location

The Carrel Office is located in the Robarts Library at 130 St. George Street, Room 1008. The phone number is 416-978-2305.

  • Monday to Thursday 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Friday to Saturday Closed
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Carrel assignment policies

The main purpose of the lockable carrels is to provide doctoral candidates in Divisions I (Humanities) and II (Social Sciences), especially those preparing their theses, with private and quiet working space. Other groups considered for assignment are faculty members on research (sabbatical) leave, faculty members needing a carrel for special projects, post-doctoral fellows affiliated with the University, and visiting scholars. The majority of carrel assignments and renewal of carrels takes place in September.

Carrels are assigned according to the following priorities established in conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies:

  1. Doctoral students (Divisions I and II) in the 3rd year of candidacy and beyond (Applicants in Priority A1 will be permitted to hold a carrel for a total of three years, not necessarily consecutive. Carrels will be assigned for a full year, or portion thereof, according to the term(s) requested by the applicant.);
    Faculty members on leave or without office space on the St. George Campus(Divisions I and II);
    Post-doctoral fellows affiliated with the University (Divisions I and II)
  2. Faculty members, including professors emeriti, requiring library space for special projects (Divisions I and II);
    Visiting scholars accredited by SGS (Divisions I and II);
    Doctoral students (Divisions I and II) in their second year of candidacy
  3. Other doctoral students (Divisions I and II);
  4. Full-time master's students (Divisions I and II)
  5. TST Doctoral Students
    A quota of 15 carrels is available for TST students. These carrels will be assigned according to a recommendation of TST students should apply to TST and should NOT use this application form.)

All applications, including those for renewal (with the exception of Toronto School of Theology applicants) of current carrel assignments, should be submitted using the form which follows. Any application received later than the end of August will be treated as a late application. Those who qualify, but cannot be assigned a carrel, are eligible for a locker. The same application form is used. Joint applications or single applicants willing to share a carrel will be treated as a separate assignment. The waiting list(s) for carrels will be generated by a lottery.

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