Carrels & Storage Lockers

  • Honors Thesis Carrels

    The library offers library carrels for undergraduate thesis writers. Seniors who are Honors candidates may apply to receive a carrel.

    In order to retain a carrel, a student must remain on the list of Honors candidates.  The list is regularly reissued throughout the academic year, and students with carrels who are not on the current Honors list will be required to vacate their carrel.

    All students must surrender their carrels as soon as they complete their theses. Keys must be returned by  April 21, 2020. Failure to return your key on time will result in an $85 charge to your student account for a lock change.

    New Carrel Application Process for 2019

    As described in the Argus last spring, the library and WSA are piloting a new method of assigning thesis carrels for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Rather than assigning one student to each carrel, two students will be assigned to share each carrel, ensuring that all thesis writers can be assigned a carrel and eliminating the need for a waitlist.

    Students have the option of choosing a person with whom to share a carrel or receiving a randomly-assigned carrel partner. Students may also indicate their preferred library for their carrel.

    This new process is a trial, and we will continue conversations with students about the best way to assign carrels.

    Applying for a Carrel

    Dates for the 2020/2021 carrel lottery will be announced
    During the fall semester the carrel lottery will begin and carrel applications will be available in WesPortal from the Honors Carrel Application link in the Library category.

    Carrels will be assigned randomly, honoring students' library preference whenever possible. Students who have not indicated a carrel partner will be assigned a partner randomly.

    Olin Library has closed carrels, but students also have the option of being assigned an open carrel.

    Science Library has carrels on the ground floor that are open workstations with lockable compartments; on the second floor there are an 8 closed carrels that are small rooms open at the bottom and top.

    April 21, 2020: Carrel keys due. Keys must be returned to the Olin Library Reserve desk. $85 fee will be charged through Student Accounts for unreturned carrel keys.

  • Open Carrels

    Olin Library has a limited number of open carrels that can be assigned to any Wesleyan University student. Priority is given to Honors Thesis students who request an open carrel. Remaining carrels are assigned on a first-requested, first-accommodated basis. If you would like to be assigned one of these spaces, please stop in to the Olin Library Office, room 302.

  • Storage Lockers

    Storage lockers are available in both Olin and the Science Library for semester-long rental to any Wesleyan University student and are assigned on a first-requested, first-accommodated basis. Students interested in storing books, notes, or other study materials in the library are encouraged to make use of this offering. 

    If you would like to use an Olin Library locker, please stop in to the Olin Library Office, room 302.

    For Science Library lockers, please see Linda Hurteau, Science Library room 168.