Carrels are a resource to support the scholarship of Duke University doctoral students. They are locked, private spaces with room for storing books and other materials for PhD students otherwise without office space.
How to get a carrel
All available carrels are currently occupied. To request a carrel, confirm that you are eligible and join the waiting list. When a carrel becomes available, we'll contact you with a carrel usage policy agreement. Due to high demand, the wait for an individual carrel may be a year or more.
Waiting for a carrel? Doctoral students are also eligible for workspace in the Doctoral Research Commons (DRS).
Who is eligible for a carrel?
Guidelines for using your carrel Fall 2020
Our policies and guidelines help keep everyone safe. Violating any of them is grounds for permanently forfeiting your carrel access.
- Use your DukeCard to swipe into the Duke Libraries.
- Be prepared to show your DukeID and clearance on the SymMon app. Security staff will check your name against a list of carrel holders; this helps us manage contact tracing and building security.
- Unlock and use your carrel.
Carrels in Perkins and Bostock Libraries don't 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.
Don't access other Libraries spaces
- You'll only have access to your carrel, and not the Libraries stacks or other locations. Accessing other locations in the building (other than the restrooms, of course!) will result in permanently forfeiting your carrel.
- Use Duke Libraries Takeout to acquire materials.
- Don't remain in your carrel once the building is closed or during facility alarms or other emergencies. By the way, Perkins and Bostock Library hours have been significantly reduced compare to previous semesters to allow for extensive cleaning.
How to maintain your carrel
- Empty your trash can. We don't clean your carrels during your tenure except by request. So if you want your carrel to be cleaned, please contact the Perkins Service Desk .
- Please be thoughtful about noise. Keep phone conversations and video conferences to a minimum. Use headphones when listening to audio.
- Don't cover your carrel window. This is for safety and in keeping with university emergency management procedures. We'll ask you to remove any door coverings.
- For safety, don't use toasters, steamers, microwaves, or other electrical heating devices.
- In general, you're responsible for your carrel and may be held liable for any damage. That includes items kept in the carrel; the Libraries aren't liable for lost or damaged belongings.
We reserve the right to make changes to this agreement. We'll inform carrel holders of policy changes before changes take effect.
- Carrel holders may use carrels for up to 2 years at a time.
- After that, please clean out your carrel and return the key. When the term ends, carrel holders can join the waitlist for an additional 2-year term. Carrel holders who under-utilize their carrels may be asked to vacate their carrels to make space for others who are waiting.
- Carrel holders are responsible for carrel keys.
- Replacement keys cost $25.
- Everyone using a carrel must sign a copy of the Carrel Agreement form.
- That means that if you want to let others use your carrel, you should let us know. Everyone using a carrel must agree to our policies.
- All library materials must be checked out.
- Carrel slips or request notices issued by Duke University Libraries must be visible in each library book kept in carrels.
- Don't smoke, vape, or use e-cigarettes.
- You'll lose your carrel privileges, and you may be held financially liable for related costs, such as fire department or cleaning/deodorizing fees.
For additional information please contact the Perkins Library Service Desk .