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Booking a study carrel

There is a total of 51 study carrels on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the Jacob & Wilhelm-Grimm-Centre. One carrel is barrier-free. They are let to Humboldt University students working on their theses for up to six weeks and provide an undisturbed, quiet environment. Booking a carrel

New: Three study carrels (AK 5.07, AK 5.08 and AK 5.10) are available without prior notice and open to all readers. They are on the 5th floor in the east wing of the Grimm Centre and can be used for the day on a 'first come, first served' basis. Break discs also have to be displayed in these carrels which can neither be locked nor reserved in advance.


Reservation of study carrels possible again since 1st February 2011

Although the number of beneficiaries is rather limited, the carrels have been in very high demand. This led to long waiting lists with reservations up to one year in advance. Hence the decision to accept no further reservations for the carrels after 13th May 2010.

Existing reservations will be considered, but the booking has only been possible for six weeks since 1 February 2011 . As more carrels are available now, reservations have been accepted again since 10 a.m., February 1st, 2011. 

However, the number of those entitled to make reservations has even been more restricted now and this service is for examinees of the Humboldt University working on their theses, only.

NB: An examinee is a student of the Humboldt University who has formally registered their thesis (Bachelor, Master, Diploma) with  the examination board.

Examinees of the faculties Law and Medicine are requested to work in their specialised libraries as the study carrels are primarily for those students whose subject items are shelved in the Grimm Centre (cf. subjects in the frame on the left below). The main subject of the student has to be covered by that list. The written confirmation of the examination board is not necessary for the reservation but has to be presented before the carrel is being handed over.

How do I proceed after the reservation?

The applicant receives a written notification when the the carrel is available. The key to the carrel is handed over at the circulation desk between 9:00 and 22:00. The written notification about the exam registration  has to be presented then. The carrel is available for a maximum of six weeks.  Due to the high demand, the users are requested not to abandon the carrel for longer than four days.

What kind of material can I use in a study carrel?

You can use all types of material located at the Library. Books you use must have been borrowed pursuant to the regulations and the lending form should be attached. Normally, you can use the books for as long as you have booked the carrel. Reference materials can be kept for only a short time. They should always be put back on the book tray (Buchablage) after leaving the carrel in order to enable other users to use them.  You may also use personal things in the cabin, but the Library denies liability. The carrels are regularly searched for items which have not been officially borrowed.  

What must I do when I do not need the carrel any longer?

In order to make the carrel available for other users, you are asked to clear it completely and hand in the key at the circulation desk. Considering the great demand for those carrels, you are expected to empty yours as soon as you do not need it any longer. We ask for your understanding that, from time to time, we will check if the carrel is still being used and all the materials have been registered properly.

What am I supposed to do if I have lost the carrel key?

Please inform the staff at the circulation desk immediately. The cabin will be cleared then in order to avoid misuse. For security reasons, the lock will have to be replaced and the hirer charged.