William and Mary Law School

Carrel Usage & Collection Policy

Carrels are provided as study space for all students.  Reserving a carrel collection does not reserve a seat at a carrel, merely a space to store library materials and books. Reserved carrels which are unoccupied are open for students and public patrons to use.

A carrel collection for storing books and research materials may be reserved by the semester if you are a journal staff member writing a student note, a faculty research assistant, a teaching assistant for Legal Skills or the Academic Support Program, Moot Court and National Trial Team mebers, or if you are taking a class with a research paper that meets the writing requirement. Carrels may be shared by up to two students.

To reserve a carrel collection, please ask at the Circulation Desk.

Items in a Carrel

 

CAN be kept in a carrel CANNOT be kept in a carrel
Law library books Reserve items
Bound journals Federal or State codes
Interlibrary loan books Indexes
Swem library books Current journals
Personal books Looseleaf or serial services
Reference collection items
Reporters

 

Carrel Rules
  • All carrel items must be kept on the top shelf of the carrel. Desk space must be kept clear for use by other patrons.   
  • All books in a carrel collection must have a current pink, green, or yellow carrel slip. Law library books should be checked out at the Circulation Desk, and require a pink carrel slip with a due date displayed. Swem library books, and personal items such as text books require a green carrel slip. Books borrowed via Interlibrary Loan display a yellow slip.
  • Law library books are checked out to the carrel for 30 days. Items must remain in the carrel and be available for other students and patrons to use. Carrel slips (not books) must be brought back to the Circulation Desk and renewed before the 30 day limit expires.
  • Two plastic Princeton files are provided in each carrel for storing papers. Students must keep all papers in files or notebooks. Loose papers and piles will be discarded.
  • Personal items such as photos, clippings, cups, mugs, sweaters or jackets should not be left in carrels unattended or overnight, or they will be removed by staff.
  • Carrel space must be renewed at the end of each semester, or the carrel will be cleared of all materials.
  • Once each week, the Circulation staff check the carrels for neatness and overdue items. Unrenewed carrel slips, loose papers, and personal items will be removed, checked in, re-shelved, or disposed of.