The Law Library offers more than 200 study carrels that current Drake law students may reserve.
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. 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, 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, 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 (below).
Carrel reservations for May 2016 graduates end Aug. 1, 2016. It is the responsibility of the carrel holder to make sure all materials are cleaned out of his/her carrel by the deadline. Library staff will dispose of items left in carrels after that time.
LL.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. 22-24, 2016).
Note: If you were on the 2015-16 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 second-year M.J. students who want a new reservation or want to change locations.
Students, or a proxy, must attend the carrel lottery meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 p.m. on Aug. 25, and library staff will put your name in the lottery and randomly assign a carrel to you when your name is drawn.
1Ls and First-year M.J. Students
There are still carrels available, so we will run a TWEN lottery for 1Ls/M.J students. Sign up for the TWEN course 1L Carrel Lottery (Fall 2016) and follow the instructions. The last day to sign up is Sept. 5. The results will be determined on Sept. 6.
Carrels must be cleaned out by the following March 1 for December and August grads or the following Aug. 1 for May grads. Library staff will dispose of items left in carrels after the clean out deadline.
Note: 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.
(Rev. January 2017)
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 Blu-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 Aug. 1; for December and August 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.
The University follows the residence hall guidelines for student equipment on campus, including carrels. This means that the list of "Items to leave at home" published in the residence hall handbook may also not be kept in carrels.
(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, 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 or August may retain their carrels through the following March 1, and students graduated in May may retain their carrels through the following Aug. 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.
Two carrels are exempt from the standard reservation system. Carrel 58 on the second floor and carrel 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.