The Law Library offers over 200 study carrels that current Drake law students may reserve. Assigned carrels are labeled with the student’s name. See the carrel location maps
, with links to photos of each floor's carrels.
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/2nd year M.J.s, and then, if any carrels remain, 1Ls/1st year M.J.s. Carrel reservations extend through a student's Drake Law School enrollment. For May graduates, carrel reservations end the following August 1; for December graduates, carrel reservations end the following March 1. Students must remove all items from their carrels by the last day of their reservation. 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. Dates, deadlines, and procedures
for carrel clean out and new reservation requests are available below and from Information Desk staff.
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, only using Post-It Notes or Blu-Tack to affix items to the finished wood, 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; please secure your belongings. Laptop locks are available for check out at the Information Desk.)
For more information, please ask Information Desk staff or see the complete Carrel Reservation Policy
Dates, Deadlines and Procedures
Carrel reservations for May 2015 graduates end August 1, 2015. It is the responsibility of the carrel holder to make sure all materials are cleaned out of his/her carrel by August 1. Library staff will dispose of items left in carrels after that time.
Fall 2015 ReservationsLL.M. Students and 3Ls
LL.M. students and 3Ls may reserve carrels for immediate use from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. during the first three days of classes of the fall semester (Aug. 24-26, 2015). [Note: if you were on the waiting list, that was only for last year. You will need to request a reservation.] LL.M. 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.2L Carrel Lottery (for 2Ls or 2nd year M.J.s who want a new reservation or want to change locations)
Students, or a proxy, must attend the carrel lottery meeting on Thursday, August 27 at 3 p.m. in Opperman Lower Level 19 to enter their names and select a carrel. If this is not possible, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
by 1 p.m. on August 27, and library staff will put your name in the lottery and randomly assign a carrel to you when your name is drawn. Additional detail on lottery procedures follows:
- Before the meeting, please check out the maps of carrel locations (with links to photos of the carrels on each floor) and the library to get a sense of where you would like your carrel to be. The meeting will go much faster if everyone is ready to select a carrel when it's their turn.
- As you enter LL19, you will put your name on a slip and place it in the hopper. If you are representing one or more other students, be sure to enter their name(s), each on a separate slip, and stay in the room until the names of everyone you are representing have been called.
- Names will randomly be drawn, determining the order in which students can select a carrel.
- Carrel selections will be made at the meeting. (Again, please have an idea what carrels you may like before the meeting.)
- If you have a carrel already and are trading locations, please let staff know this when you come down to pick out your new carrel.
- Students may swap carrels through Monday, September 7; both students must e-mail email@example.com to request the swap. If a student wants to give up a carrel but not make a swap, it will go to the next person on the waiting list. Starting September 8, all carrels given up will be reassigned using the waiting list.
- A student can add his or her name to the carrel waiting list if the student does not get a carrel reservation. Students may choose to go on the waiting list rather than take an unacceptable carrel reservation. However, students may not be on the waiting list if they already have a carrel reservation. The carrel waiting list is only for the current academic year, so students on the waiting list who do not get a carrel before May graduation will need to follow procedures to request one the following fall. (Note: you can only ask to be put on the waiting list on or after the date we begin taking reservations for people in your class.)
New Reservations 1Ls and First Year M.J.s
- If there are carrels left after the 2L lottery, we will run a TWEN lottery for 1Ls/M.Js. When it becomes available, sign up for the TWEN course 1L Carrel Lottery (Fall 2015) and follow the instructions. If needed, the course will be available starting Sept. 1, and the last day to sign up is Sept. 6. The results will be determined on Sept. 7. Clean Out
- Carrels must be cleaned out by the following March 1* for Dec. grads or the following Aug. 1* for May grads. Library staff will dispose of items left in carrels after the clean out deadline.
* 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.
Carrel Usage Guidelines
(Rev. August 2015)
- Carrels are not intended for storage, and the library cannot guarantee the security of materials left in carrels. Students may reserve a Cartwright locker in Room 128.
- You may only affix items to your carrel using Post-it Notes or blue tack. Absolutely no stickers or tape of any kind may be attached to the carrels as these adhesives can be difficult to remove and damage the carrel’s finish.
- Any library material left in an assigned carrel needs to be checked out and is the responsibility of the borrower.
- Carrels will be assigned each fall. Carrel reservations extend through a student's Drake Law School enrollment. For May graduates, carrel reservations end the following August 1; for December graduates, carrel reservations end the following March 1. If the carrel holder is no longer a Drake law student, the carrel may be given to another student. Students who find they no longer want a carrel are encouraged to relinquish their reservation at the Information Desk, so we may assign the carrel to another student.
- Carrels should be kept reasonably neat throughout the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to completely clean out his or her carrel by the last day of the reservation period. Library staff will dispose of items left in carrels after that day.
- Items with exposed heating elements may not be kept in carrels.
Carrel Reservation Policy
(Rev. July 2015)
Because there are not enough carrels for all law students to have one, carrels are reserved via a tiered system which provides a chance to reserve to students in this order: LL.M.s/3Ls (first-come, first-served), then 2Ls and second-year M.J.s (via lottery), and, if any carrels remain, finally 1Ls and first-year M.J.s (via lottery). Note: Visiting J.D. students' class status is typically based on the number of hours completed at Drake.
Carrel reservations are forfeited if the student is no longer enrolled at Drake Law School, with the exception of recent graduates; students graduated in December may retain their carrels through the following March 1, and students graduated in May may retain their carrels through the following August 1. Students are encouraged not to reserve carrels unless they will use them.
New carrel reservations must be made in person at the Information Desk or following the procedures for the carrel lottery.
Note: Two carrels are exempt from the standard reservation system. Carrels 58 on the second floor and 123 on the third floor are designed with a higher table height for people using wheelchairs. Law students using wheelchairs may reserve the accessible carrels by speaking to full-time staff at the Library Information Desk. If we have enough accessible carrels for all law students using wheelchairs, no tiered reservations apply. If we have fewer accessible carrels than law students using wheelchairs who want a carrel, these carrels will be reserved using a tiered approach, as described in the first paragraph of this policy.