Rent a private study carrel

All the carrels offer the same facilities and are located on the 4th floor of the Library in either the Goldsmiths Library, the Middlesex South, or the Middlesex North reading rooms.

Senate House Library carrel

Rent a private study carrel

All the carrels offer the same facilities and are located on the 4th floor of the Library in either the Goldsmiths Library, the Middlesex South, or the Middlesex North reading rooms.

About our study carrels

Quiet study spaces

A study carrel in Senate House Library

  • Your own private study room in a 4th floor reading room with minimal distraction.
  • A lockable door, desk and storage space.
  • Internet connectivity (via WiFi or network cable).

Rental price

The carrels are currently available for free (during the Library's 'limited re-opening').

Make a booking

  1. All bookings are placed via the University of London Online Shop. Carrels are booked during our current opening hours – Monday-Wednesday 11am-3pm.
  2. Each available week shows as a separate product in the Online Shop. Please add one carrel to your basket from each of the weeks you require. If all carrels have been sold for a given week, when you add the carrel to your basket, the display will indicate “out of stock”.
  3. You will receive an email confirming your booking.
  4. On the first day of the period you have booked, show the email to staff on the 4th floor Welcome Desk. You will be issued a key to a carrel from one of our three 4th floor reading rooms, either the Goldsmiths Library, the Middlesex South reading room or the Middlesex North reading room, for the duration of your booking.

Extend a booking

  1. The due date of your carrel key on your Library record will be updated within 24 hours – although this may take longer if you renew on a Friday or Saturday or during a period that the library is closed. We advise academic staff and research students to renew in plenty of time. All renewals are placed via the University of London Online Shop.
  2. The carrel that you currently occupy will be the carrel that is renewed for you, so there is no need to return the key.

Please read this before booking a carrel

Carrel users not in possession of their key will not be able to access the carrel. Lost carrel keys will incur a £20 non-refundable fine. Carrel users will not be able to access the carrel while a replacement key is being cut.

In keeping with Senate House Library food and drink policy, no food or drink, except bottled water, should be consumed in the carrel.

During the occupancy of the carrel, the occupant is expected to keep the carrel reasonably neat and tidy and leave it clean, tidy and empty of personal possessions and any litter at the end of occupancy. Any waste should be placed in the recycling bins located at the entrance of each reading room. Carrels will be routinely cleaned once every month. If you notice a problem with your carrel, please report any cleaning issues to the 4th floor Service Desk.

Once a year, during the summer vacation period, all carrels will be deep cleaned during operating hours and access will be restricted for a short time.

Prior to booking, please read the Library regulations and the additional terms and conditions covering carrel rental.

For support and information email senatehouselibrary@london.ac.uk.