Study Carrels & Lockers

Service Description

Fondren offers reserved, personal study spaces in the library with convenient locations, ideal for heavy research.

Only Rice Graduate students may reserve a carrel

There are three types of carrels:


  • There are 124 total
  • Features a locker, desk and shelf space for books


  • There are 23 total
  • Features an enclosed office, desk and shelf space for books.

Brown Fine Arts Open

  • There are 23 total
  • Features a desk and shelf space for books

Advantages of a Carrel:

  • Personal study space in the library to conduct heavy research
  • Books checked out to your carrel receive a loan period of one year with an annual date in early May.
  • Recalled carrel books will be pulled from your carrel by library staff

Carrels are assigned based on availability

Carrels are renewed annually for up to a maximum of 3 years

Closed carrel applicants may apply no more than one semester before entering the Ph.D. candidacy phase of their doctoral program (ABD).


Graduate students can request to be assigned a locker and issued a key. 

Locker Locations

6th Floor - in the Rice Only Quiet Zone
Basement - Maps and Microforms area


Lockers are the property of Rice and may be searched at any time.  Individuals should have no expectation of privacy in the lockers. 

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