Carrels and Study Spaces

Carrels, Reading Rooms, Media Viewing Rooms, and Group Study Rooms

All the libraries within HCL have a reading room; however, some have other kinds of study spaces.


Cabot Science Library
Carrels and Study Spaces

Images of Cabot's open study spaces and carrels

In addition to open study space on all levels, Cabot has carrels and group study rooms. Users have access to both wired and wireless network connectivity. Wireless access is available throughout the entire building.

Carrels

Carrels—desk and chair for one—are located on the lower and upper levels and are available on a first-come basis.

Group Study Rooms

There are six group study rooms on the upper level of the library and another two on the lower level. Each is equipped with a large table, four to six chairs, blackboard, and chalk. While single students may use this study space, groups of two or more students have priority over individual users. These rooms cannot be reserved.

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Images of a carrel and the reading room in Fine Arts Library

Fine Arts Library
Carrels and Study Spaces

Carrels

In addition to the reading room on the main level, Fine Arts Library has carrels in the stacks. Carrels are reserved for graduate students in the History of Art and Architecture Department. Users have access to wireless network connectivity in the carrels. Contact the FAL Circulation Desk by e-mail or by phone at 617-495-3374 for more information or to request a carrel.

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Harvard-Yenching Library
Carrels and Study SpacesThe Harvard-Yenching Library reading room

In addition to the third floor Reading Room for the special collections, main reading room on the first floor, Harvard-Yenching has carrels and a media viewing room. Users have access to both wired and wireless network connectivity. Wireless access is available in all spaces except for the stacks.

Carrels

There are study carrels throughout the stacks that are primarily intended for graduate students in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and for Harvard-Yenching Institute scholars, but others may also request a carrel. Carrel assignments are usually made prior to the beginning of each semester, and up to two people are assigned to each carrel. To apply for carrel space, please e-mail.

Media Viewing Room

Harvard-Yenching has a media viewing room that is equipped with a TV, VCR, and region-free DVD player for viewing videotapes, DVDs, and VCDs (video compact discs). Please see Circulation or Reference staff for access and for help in using this equipment.

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Lamont Library
Carrels and Study Spaces

Images of Morse Music & Media, the Donatelli Reading Room, and the Ginsberg Reading Room in Lamont

Lamont Library offers study spaces to accommodate a wide range of study preferences. Users have access to both wired and wireless network connectivity. Wireless access is available in the Reference Room, Ginsberg Reading Room, and Donatelli Reading Room.

See a Harvard Gazette feature presentation of 24 Hours at Lamont.

Carrels

Carrrels—desk and chair for one—are found on each level of the library and are available on a first-come basis. Carrels in Lamont cannot be reserved and all personal items must be removed before leaving the building.

Reading Rooms

There are two large reading rooms adjacent to the stacks that offer traditional study tables, carrels, and soft seating to accommodate a variety of study styles. The Ginsberg Reading Room is on the first floor of the building, and the Donatelli Reading Room is on the third floor.

B-30 Collaborative Learning Space

The B-30 Collaborative Learning Space is open to library users when it is not reserved for library instruction. Refer to the B-30 Collaborative Learning Space Calendar for availability.

Multimedia Lab

The Multimedia Lab is located in Lamont room A-10 and features Mac and Windows equipment for creating, editing, and publishing a wide variety of multimedia projects. See the Multimedia Resources and Computers page for detailed information including lab hours, available software, and contact information.

Larsen Room

The Larsen Room is open to library users when it is not reserved for library instruction. Refer to the Larsen Room Calendar for availability.

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Loeb Music Library
Carrels and Study Spaces

Images of the Aldrich and Spalding reading rooms in Loeb Music Library

Carrels

The library has a limited number of study carrels. Priority is given to Music Department Graduate students, then to undergraduate music concentrators, and finally, to special students in music and other Harvard affiliates with a need to conduct yearlong work in the Loeb Music Library. Carrels are wired for electrical and data outlets. Visit the Circulation Desk to obtain an application.

Reading Rooms

There are two reading rooms which house the Loeb Music Library's reference collection and which offer traditional study tables, soft seating, electrical outlets, and wireless network access. The Aldrich Room is on the first floor and the Spalding Room is on the second floor. The Aldrich Room has four computer workstations for research purposes.

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Tozzer Library Carrels and Study Spaces

Images of studdy carrels and the reading room in Tozzer Library

Carrels

In addition to open study space on each level, Tozzer Library has approximately 20 study carrels primarily intended for scholars and students in the Anthropology Department or other Harvard users for whose research Tozzer is the primary library. Wireless connectivity is available.


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Widener Library
Carrels and Study Spaces

Widener Library offers a variety of spaces to accommodate a range of study preferences. Users have access to both wired and wireless network connectivity. Wireless access is available in all spaces except for the stacks.

Carrels and Hold Shelves

A set of study carrels in Widener Library

A limited number of study carrels are available in the Widener and Pusey library stacks for Harvard University graduate students, undergraduates in their senior year, faculty, and officers who are conducting research and need to hold Widener books for an extended period of time. Up to four people are assigned to each carrel.

To apply for a carrel, please complete and submit a Widener Carrel Request Form.

Individuals who are not eligible for a carrel or those individuals who have a need for a holding area for books may request a hold shelf assignment. Hold shelves are located on level P3 in Pusey Library.

To apply for a hold shelf, please complete and submit a Widener Hold Shelf Assignment Form.

Please see Widener Carrel and Hold Shelf Policy for details about using carrels.

For questions, please contact the Widener Library Billing Office:

Widener Library, Room 135
617-496-3015
wcarrel@fas.harvard.edu

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday: Noon – 5:00pm

Collaborative Learning Space, Widener 240 and Widener 240A

Rooms 240 and 240A are open to library users for group and individual study when not reserved for library instruction. Room 240 and 240A are located on the second floor of Widener, accessed via the Atkins Reference Room.  The rooms are open all hours the library is open. 

Library users cannot reserve Room 240 or Room 240A and all personal items must be removed before leaving the building.  Patrons cannot use room 240A when room 240 is booked for library instruction.  Refer to the Room 240/240A Collaborative Learning Space Calendar outside the rooms or call the Widener Reference Desk (617.495.2411) for availability. 

Room 240 contains 10 moveable tables, 20 chairs, three movable white boards and an LED display for projection (for use with patron laptop).  Room 240A contains two tables, six chairs and two wall mounted white boards.  These resources are available for patron use when the rooms are not reserved for library instruction. 

Loker Reading Room

Images of the Loker Reading Room and the Atkins Reference Room in Widener Library

The Loker Reading Room houses many of Widener's most heavily used reference books, including dictionaries of all the major foreign languages and a broad array of bibliographies and encyclopedias. Soft seating is provided at both ends of the room. Tables are equipped with power and data outlets. The Loker Reading Room is located on the second floor adjacent to the Atkins Reference Room.

Atkins Reference Room

The Atkins Reference Room houses the Widener Library Reference Desk where librarians are available to assist with everything from reference questions to developing research strategies. This reading room also has more than 20 computer workstations for research purposes. It is located on the second floor adjacent to the Loker Reading Room.

Reference Desk hours vary from those of the library. See Hours for details.

Newspaper Microfilm Reading Room

Images of the Periodicals Reading Room and the Newspaper Microfilm Reading Room in Widener

The Newspaper Microfilm Reading Room and adjacent stacks contain a selection of newspapers on microfilm, including the back file of the current newspaper collection. A list of the Newspapers on Microfilm held in this collection is available online. Materials can be viewed and copied in the room, but do not circulate. The Newspaper Microfilm Reading Room is located on the first floor of Widener Library in Room 180, which is behind the main stairway.

Periodicals Reading Room

The Periodicals Reading Room and the adjacent stacks contain the most recent issues (one to two years) of Widener Library's periodicals holdings. Materials can be viewed and copied in the room, but they do not circulate. A selection of the most frequently used newspapers is shelved in the newspaper case in the reading room. It is located on the first floor of Widener Library, Room 150, off the main lobby.

Phillips Reading Room

Images of the Philips and Stacks reading rooms in Widener

The Phillips Reading Room is for the use of non-circulating material that is returned from the Harvard Depository or borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. It is also a general study space, and reading room staff page materials for authorized library users. Please see Phillips Reading Room Policy for details about using the space. The reading room is located adjacent to stacks level 3-East. Access is via the stairway in Circulation, Room 160. See Multimedia Resources and Computers for more information.

Stacks Reading Room

The Stacks Reading Room houses the National Union Catalog and is used for general research and studying. It offers traditional library seating as well as soft seating. Located on stacks level 3-West, the Stacks Reading Room can be accessed either through the stacks or by taking the West stacks elevator to the reading room level.

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