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.
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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—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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Multimedia Lab is located at the east end of the reading room of Level B 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.
The Larsen Room is open to library users when it is not reserved for library instruction. Refer to the Larsen Room Calendar for availability.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday: Noon – 5:00pm
Room 240 is open to library users for group and individual study when not reserved for library instruction. Room 240 is located on the second floor of Widener, accessed via the Atkins Reference Room. The room is open all hours the library is open.
Room 240 contains 10 moveable tables, 20 chairs, three movable white boards and an LED display for projection (for use with patron laptop). This resource is available for patron use when the room is not reserved for library instruction.
Library users cannot reserve Room 240 and all personal items must be removed before leaving the building. Refer to the Room 240 Collaborative Learning Space Calendar outside the room or call the Widener Reference Desk (617-495-2411) for availability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.