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FAMU Libraries: Graduate Students

Graduate Student Services

FAMU Graduate Students are encouraged to use the following library services:

Study Carrel Guidelines

The Coleman Memorial Library includes 20 study carrels for graduate student  use.  These carrels have been set aside to facilitate advanced scholarly research.

Policies and procedures governing their use are outlined below. Assignment to a carrel is a privilege. Carrel privileges may be revoked if policies and procedures are violated. Along with these study spaces, several group study rooms are available for use by the general academic community on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reserving a Study Carrel:

  • Carrels are for the use of Florida A & M University students who are enrolled in a Ph.D program.
  • Carrels are intended for those in the final stages of advanced research, which must be validated by the signature of the research/academic chair on the carrel application.
  • The Library will assign carrels through a lottery of approved applications.
  • Information on the carrel application must be kept accurate and updated. Contact information on the application will be used to communicate with the carrel occupant. The occupant is responsible for all communications sent to the address(es) supplied.
  • Some carrels are assigned for one semester and can be considered for extension if the applicant continues to be eligible for carrel use and is in compliance with policies governing the use of carrels.
  • Some carrels are available for checkout for a period of four hours.



Carrel Access and Occupancy:

  • Carrels may be used during the hours that the library is open, only.
  • Entry to the carrel suite is by Rattler Card swipe. Access is programmed by the Library Circulation Department. Keys and/or Rattler cards must not be loaned.
  • Lost Rattler Cards must be immediately reported to the Rattler Card Office and to the Library Circulation Department.
  • Lost Keys must be immediately reported to the circulation desk. A new key will be issued and the occupant assessed a replacement fee of fifty dollars.
  • Carrels must be kept locked when not in use, and not left unattended.
  • Security concerns are to be reported to the Library Circulation Department.
  • FAMU will not be responsible for personal or charged-out library items stored in the carrel.
  • Assigned occupants may not sublet carrels.
  • The occupant is expected to release the carrel when active research ceases.
  • The carrels must not be used as alternative office, storage or living space.
  • All activities must be such that they permit and respect the quiet research needs of others.
  • The Library reserves the right to periodically monitor the use/non use of each carrel.


Furnishing/equipment/wireless access:


  • All carrels are equipped with a built in lighted desk/wall shelf combination and chair. Each carrel has sufficient electrical outlets and access to the campus network.
  • Main windows and door windows are to remain uncovered at all times.
  • Walls must be kept free of holes and tape or other uses that could cause damage.
  • No cooking/heating appliances, lamps, candles, etc., are to be brought to the carrel.
  • Maintenance concerns are to be reported to the Library Circulation Department.
  • The occupant will be responsible for any damages made to the carrel.
  • Personal equipment used in the carrels must meet University safety guidelines and berthed CSA approved symbol.
  • The occupant will be solely responsible for personal items stored in the carrel.
  • Regulations regarding food in the library apply to the carrels as well.
  • Smoking, the use of tobacco and non-prescription drugs are strictly forbidden.


Storage of Library/Research Materials:

  • Occupants must check out circulating library materials that will be retained in the carrel and are solely responsible for materials stored there.
  • Reference, serial, and microform and media materials are to be used in the relevant areas unless borrowing arrangements are made with those departments.
  • Occupants are solely responsible for the security of their research materials.

Study Carrel Application

Additional Services

  • One-on-One Research Consultations
  • 2 Study Carrels for Independent study located on the 3rd floor of Coleman Library
  • 20 Individual Carrels located on the 1st floor of Coleman Library (Semester checkout, First priority is given to Ph.D Candidates.
  • Laptops and MacBooks available for 4 hour checkout.
  • Interlibrary Loan and UBorrow Services.
  • Articles delivered by e-mail.  
  • Books available for pickup.
  • Daily courier service on weekdays for books requested from FSU.

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