Carrels in Perkins and Bostock Libraries are available for use by eligible Duke University doctoral students. Carrels are assigned on a first-requested, first-accommodated basis.

Please be aware that there are changes in eligibility and access to carrels for Fall 2020.

All available carrels are currently occupied, but a wait list is being maintained. The following groups are not currently eligible for that waiting list:

  • Current Faculty, Visiting Scholars, Postdoctoral associates and staff.
  • Duke University doctoral students who have assigned offices in their departments.
  • Students in the Duke University Schools of Business, Divinity, Law, Medicine and Nursing.

If you are eligible and interested in being placed on the wait list for a study carrel please complete this form.

Important: Carrel users must agree to and sign a carrel usage policy document. Failure to adhere to these policies may result in loss of carrel privileges.

Key Information

  • Carrel access is access to carrels only. Carrel holders are not being provided with access to the Libraries stacks and other locations in the buildings. Carrel holders must use the Libraries’ Takeout service to acquire additional materials. Carrel users found elsewhere in the building (other than restrooms) will permanently forfeit their carrel.
  • Coming Soon: For Fall 2020, access to carrels will require a reservation in the Libraries Seats Reservation System each time you wish to use your carrel. This is to allow for contact tracing and building security. Carrel holders will be unable to access the buildings without these reservations.
  • Carrel holders may not remain in their carrels when the building is closed or during facility alarms or emergencies. Please be aware that Perkins and Bostock Library hours have been significantly curtailed to allow for extensive cleaning due to COVID. Failure to follow rules for building occupancy will result in carrel privileges being revoked.
  • Carrels in Perkins and Bostock Libraries do not have independent ventilation systems, airflow is shared between adjacent carrels. Please be considerate of your fellow carrel holders and monitor your health before coming to campus or using your carrel.

Additional Information

  • Patrons are responsible for maintaining their assigned carrels and may be held liable for any damage resulting from the use of the carrel.
  • You will be responsible for emptying your trash can.
  • Duke University Libraries do not assume responsibility for any items kept in carrel and will not be liable for lost or damaged belongings.
  • Noise in carrels, including phone conversations and video or audio conferencing should be kept to a minimum. Earphones should be used when listening to audio in carrels.
  • Due to University emergency management procedures all windows in carrel doors must remain uncovered. If the window in your carrel door is covered you will be asked to remove the covering.
  • Smoking, vaping and the use of e-cigarettes or similar devices inside of carrels is strictly forbidden. Smoking or vaping in a carrel will lead to immediate loss of carrel privileges and may subject carrel holder with liability for any related costs incurred by the libraries (including fire department fees and cleaning/deodorizing).
  • Use of toasters, steamers, microwaves or other electrical heating devices is strictly prohibited. Violation will be grounds for termination of carrel privileges.


  • Carrel holders may use carrels for up to two years after which they must vacate their carrels and return their keys.
  • Carrel agreements must be renewed annually. Carrel holders who underutilize their carrels or fail to comply with carrel guidelines and policies may not be eligible to renew their carrels.
  • Carrel holders are responsible for keys to their carrels. Carrel holders who lose keys will be charged $15 for replacement keys.
  • All carrel assignments will be processed by Perkins Library staff. Carrel holders who wish to allow others to use their carrels during their terms of use must inform Perkins Library staff. All individuals using carrels must complete a copy of this Carrel Agreement.
  • All library materials kept in study carrels must be properly checked out to carrel holders. Carrel slips or request notices issued by Duke University Libraries must be visible in each library book kept in carrels.
  • Library staff reserve the right to inspect carrels at any time to ensure compliance with this agreement. Violation of any of these rules may result in termination of carrel privileges.
  • Duke University Libraries reserve the right to make changes to this agreement at any point during a carrel holder’s term. Library staff will inform carrel holders of policy changes before changes take effect.
  • Carrels will not be cleaned during your tenure except by request. If you would like your carrel to be cleaned and/or vacuumed please contact the Perkins Library Service desk.
  • For additional information please contact: Perkins Library Service Desk.