Spaces for graduate students

This page contains information on the areas that have been set aside specifically for McGill graduate students in Library branches across campus:

Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Please note that our study areas are strictly reserved for McGill students. 
In order to accommodate the volume of requests, the library does not grant study spaces to faculty members.

PhD study rooms

The Humanities and Social Sciences Library has 53 Ph.D. study rooms, which can accommodate up to 149 Ph.D. students. 

PhD students in their first and second year:

  • Applicants are welcome to request a carrel desk and/or locker on one of our floors at the Service Desk during service hours by providing a valid McGill ID.
  • A common PhD area is also accessible to all PhD students on the 6th floor of the McLennan Building (Room M6-37A) with study desks and 28 lockers. Lockers are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

    Check the availability of 6th floor lockers here.

Applicants in the process of writing their dissertation:

  • Shared spaces reserved for PhD students.
  • Quiet and secure working spaces, only accessible to approved students on a first come, first served basis.

Read the guidelines for the PhD study room

Request a desk in the PhD study room


Carrels are available to Graduate students (Masters, PhD), as well as undergraduate Honours students. You may ask for a carrel desk by providing your McGill ID card at the service desk. Students may request either a carrel or a locker, but not both.


The Humanities and Social Sciences Library has 136 lockers on the third floor of the McLennan building, and 22 lockers on the second floor of the Redpath building. Students may request either a locker or a carrel, but not both.

Terms of use:

  • Lockers are only available to graduate McGill students, and undergraduate Honours students.
  • Library books kept in the lockers must be charged out to the borrower's card
  • Storing food in the locker is prohibited
  • McGill Library staff can request to check the content of the locker at any time
  • Students must supply their own locks, the library will not be responsible for lost or stolen personal property
  • Students who violate the terms of use will lose their locker privileges

How to reserve a locker:
Lockers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying students.
Check the availability of 3rd floor McLennan lockers here, and the second floor Redpath lockers here.
Please come to the library’s service desk with your McGill ID card during service hours.

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Islamic Studies Library

Reserved carrels

The Islamic Studies Library has 50 study carrels for Islamic Studies graduate students, visiting scholars, and undergraduate Honours students writing theses. Carrels are available in the Octagon Room, in the Mirror Room and on the second floor.

  • Carrels are for the personal use of graduate students, eligible undergraduates, and Institute of Islamic Studies visiting scholars.
  • Designed for individual study, fitted with side partitions.
  • Books charged to a carrel borrower's card may be kept on hold during the session, as long as they are not requested by others.

How to reserve a carrel:
Carrels are assigned on a first come, first served basis to qualifying students. Graduate students can come to the library’s services desk during service hours and provide us with their McGill ID card. Undergraduate students need to ask their thesis supervisor to islamic.library [at] (subject: Carrel%20Request%20for%20Undergraduate%20McGill%20Student, body: Carrel%20Request%20for%20Undergraduate%20McGill%20Student%0A%0AStudent%20Name%3A%0AStudent%20ID%20Number%3A%0AProgram%20and%20year%3A%0ATime%20of%20completion%3A) (email us) by stating the estimated completion time.

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Macdonald Campus Library

Reserved storage cabinets

The Macdonald Campus Library has 15 storage cabinets available for graduate students. Cabinets are located on level 3 of the library, and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying students.

How to reserve a cabinet:
Please come to the service desk at the Macdonald Campus Library with your McGill ID card during service hours.

For more information, please click here.

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Marvin Duchow Music Library

Graduate students in Music have two options with respect to carrels and study rooms for their specific use in the Music Library. They may sign up for carrel space in the public reading areas of the 5th floor or they may request a carrel in A407 or A507 if they are preparing for their comprehensive exams.

For more information, please consult:
Guidelines for Music graduate student carrels and study rooms (pdf) | Isoloirs et locaux d’étude pour étudiantes et étudiants aux cycles supérieurs en musique - Politique d’utilisation (pdf)

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Nahum Gelber Law Library

Reserved desks

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  • Graduate students are entitled to apply for a reserved study space, to which library materials may be signed out.
  • There are 21 locked cubicles, and 47 desks in the open stacks.
  • Use the application form to request a space.

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