Carrels for Graduate Students

The Graham Library provides carrels (10) and lockers (10) for the exclusive use of graduate students whose college of registration is either Trinity College or Wycliffe College. There are 4 additional carrels available, but these are without associated lockers. Carrels and lockers are located in the basement of the library. The main purpose of carrels and lockers is to provide graduate students especially those preparing their theses, with quiet working space. Preference is given to graduate students in the dissertation phase of their studies. Only when carrels have been allocated to students in this category, will others (MA, Th.M.) be considered.


Graduate students of Trinity College or Wycliffe College who are enrolled in Ph.D, D.Min., Th.M, or MA programs for the period they require a carrel.

Carrel Assignment

  • A valid T-Card is required in order to be considered for a carrel.
  • Carrels in the Graham Library are open space, but have associated lockers conveniently located nearby. They are intended for students/researchers to keep library items for easy access for their study/research.
  • Carrel seating is open to any library user when it is not occupied by the student to whom it has been assigned.
  • Carrel hours are the same as library hours.
  • Carrels are assigned based on a submitted application.
  • A tag or sign with the name of the person to whom the carrel has been allocated will be affixed to the carrel.
  • Carrels are assigned on a yearly basis from September 1 to August 31.

Renewing a Carrel

  • Carrels may be renewed on a yearly basis.
  • Students may renew twice, for a maximum of three years of use.

Books Kept at a Carrel

  • A separate Graham Library account will be created in order to sign out materials from the Graham Library to the carrel only to be kept in a locker.
  • Materials signed out to a carrel may not leave the library. When other users request any carrel items, library staff will remove the items from the locker.
  • Books signed out from the Graham Library or other University of Toronto libraries may be used at a carrel.
  • Signed out books should be removed once students are not in occupation of a carrel. They should either take these items away with them, or place them in their locker for reuse.
  • Books that have not been kept in a carrel are to be used in the library only.
  • Reference materials and library materials that have not been signed out are not to be stored in a locker associated with any carrel.
  • Personal items are not to be left in carrels. The Graham Library is not responsible for the loss of or damage to personal belongings left in a carrel or locker.

Other Conditions

  • Eating is not allowed in the library or in carrels.
  • Drinks in closed containers are permitted.
  • Food may not be stored in a locker.
  • A carrel is not to be used as an office.
  • A carrel is for the purpose of quiet study. It is not to be used as a location for meeting or conversation.

Applying for a Carrel

Complete a Carrel Request Form (also available in hard copy at the Circulation Desk) and hand it in at the Circulation Desk of the Graham Library or email it to

Applications are due August 1, and applicants will be notified of the decision within two weeks of the closing date.