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Central Library Graduate Carrel Application

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  • To be eligible for a dissertation carrel, the student must have passed the departmental Qualifying Examinations (or Comprehensive exams) and either be preparing the dissertation proposal or have already had the proposal accepted.
  • Carrel assignments are for one year, with possibility of renewal, with the maximum tenure of four years. Renewal is not automatic and renewal forms must be submitted on time for consideration.
  • Carrel occupants must reside in the Nashville Metro area for the full academic year, and are expected to use the carrels regularly.
  • Contact information must be current. Email communication will be sent to your Vanderbilt email address. Communications will also be placed in the carrel. Communications requiring action on your part must receive a response within no more than 30 days (considerably shorter for recall notices).
  • Lack of response after 30 days will be construed as indication that the carrel is no longer being used and will result in reassignment. Please be proactive about communicating with us ahead of time if you’re planning to be away for an extended period of time.
  • Patrons leaving town are responsible for library materials when recalled while away. Library staff can retrieve the books checked out to your carrel. Materials checked out to you personally must be returned if recalled. Please make arrangements to do so while away from campus.

Carrels will be assigned in early September for new carrels. Renewal requests will be processed in May, after commencement. In the event of applications exceeding available carrels, a lottery will determine which applicants are assigned a carrel.

Submission of this form indicates I have read and agree to follow the carrel policies as outlined above.