If you have questions about carrels that this page does not answer, please email library staff at the firstname.lastname@example.org account.
* The library cannot guarantee the security of materials left in carrels. For secure storage, students may reserve a Cartwright locker in Room 128.
March 1 - Cleanout Deadline for August & December graduates
Aug 1 - Cleanout Deadline for May graduates
First three days of fall semester - LLMs & 3Ls can request a new or first carrel reservation at Information Desk
First Thursday of fall semester, 3 p.m. - 2L & 2nd year MJ Carrel Lottery
Early Sept. - 1Ls and 1st year MJs should check library signage for information about remaining carrels
Please clean out your carrel by the cleanout deadline!
1st floor: 1-8; 235-248
2nd floor: 9-102; 215-234
3rd floor: 103-171A
Lower level: 172-214
Carrel reservations are taken the first week of classes each fall semester on a tiered basis, with LL.M. students and 3Ls having the first opportunity, followed by 2Ls and second-year M.J. students, and then, if any carrels remain, 1Ls and first-year M.J. students.
Carrel reservations extend through a student's Drake Law School enrollment. For May graduates, carrel reservations end the following Aug. 1; for December and August graduates, carrel reservations end the following March 1.
Students must remove all items from their carrels by the last day of their reservation. Library staff will dispose of items left in carrels after that time. Graduates who do not need to keep their carrels through the bar examination are encouraged to contact Information Desk staff to release their carrel reservation, making the carrel available for another student.
The reservation of Law Library carrels is a privilege. To retain carrel privileges, students must follow the Carrel Usage Guidelines, including keeping carrels in good order, using non-damaging adhesives (e.g., Post-It Notes or Blu-Tack) to affix items to the finished wood, refraining from the use of items with exposed heating elements, and properly checking out all library materials kept in the carrel.
Lockers in Cartwright Hall are available to all law students to secure personal belongings. The Law Library is not responsible for the loss of any personal items from carrels.
Note: Textbooks and laptops left in carrels are among items that have been stolen in the past, so you are advised to secure your belongings. Laptop locks are available for check out at the Information Desk.
For more information, ask the Information Desk staff or see the Carrel Reservation Policy.
LLM students and 3Ls may reserve carrels for immediate use during the first three days of classes of the fall semester (Mon., Aug. 21-Wed., Aug. 23) by asking at the Information Desk during staffed library hours.
LLM students and 3Ls who currently have a carrel but want a different one should make these arrangements with Information Desk staff during this same time period. 3Ls can continue to return and check out new carrels through the end of the day on Sept. 6. If you want to keep your current carrel reservation, you do not need to do anything.
2Ls or second-year MJ students who want to keep a current carrel reservation do not need to do anything. All others should follow these instructions.
Students, or a proxy, must attend the carrel lottery meeting on the first Thursday of the fall semester (Aug. 24), at 3:00 p.m. in Opperman Hall, Lower Level 19, to enter their names and select a carrel.
If this is not possible, send an email to email@example.com by 1 p.m. on the day of the lottery, and library staff will put your name in the lottery and randomly assign a carrel to you when your name is drawn.
The app Lottery procedures:
The 1L carrel lottery is now complete. If you signed up for the First-Year Carrel Lottery TWEN course, you should have received an email on Sept. 5 with the results.