Study Spaces & Carrels

Study Carrel Reservations

McCain Library has a limited number of study carrels that can be reserved by eligible students (priority is given to students enrolled in a Senior Seminar or Independent Study) for use during an entire semester. The intended purpose is to allow students doing library-intensive work a place to work undisturbed and keep their research materials together. Study carrels located on the Main (first) floor of the library cannot be reserved and are open to all students at all times. Those carrels that are numbered on the Ground floor, Stack 2, and Floor/Stack 3 may be reserved.

Study carrel reservations are available to all current Agnes Scott students, although students enrolled in a Senior Seminar or Independent Study and/or seniors will have first choice during the first few weeks of each semester. The date upon which carrels are open to all students will be posted below, and after that, all students are welcome to reserve a carrel.

Carrel Reservations for Spring 2015 are now closed.  Fall 2015 Reservations will open at 8am on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

Please see Svetlana Sinanovic (x6094), Sheri Clowers (x6094) or Erica Hardy (x6337) at the main circulation desk in the library to fill out a carrel request form. If you know which carrel you would like - each carrel is numbered - and it does not appear to be reserved already (reserved carrels will have signs), you can download the form and drop it by the library.

Students with reserved carrels are reminded to always check out any library materials you place on your carrel so that they will show up as “checked out” in the SOPHIA catalog.  

Any student may sit at a reserved carrel but should should leave it tidy and graciously relocate if the student with the reservation arrives.

More Study Spaces

Do not despair if you are not able to reserve one of the 41 carrels this semester. Twelve carrels located along the west side of the terrace on the First Floor of the library cannot be reserved and are open to all library users. You also may use a reserved carrel when the occupant is away – please just leave it tidy and as you found it, and vacate it if the student who has it reserved arrives.

Take a peak at some of the best open study spots in McCain Library, including the super quiet spots on Floor 3 and Stack 3.