43 New Study Carrels Installed in Kelly Library

43 New Study Carrels Installed in Kelly Library


The John M. Kelly library is delighted to announce the creation of forty-three new individual study spaces on our third floor.  Ranged along the north and east walls, with a view of the changing seasons, the long birch tables have frosted glass panels for privacy and electrical outlets for power, all amidst silence for inspired study.

The project came about in response to our survey of students in the fall of 2015. They asked for additional individual study areas and, with contributions from the Friends of the John M. Kelly Library, PwC, USMC staff members, alumni and friends, we were able to create these new workspaces and improve the comfort of the library for students and staff.

Better known to our community are the Friends of the Kelly Library — our dedicated volunteer bibliophiles who weed through our donations, manage the annual book sale, and stock our weekly 50 cent table with a wide variety of very good deals for the curious reader.  All money raised by the Friends goes directly to improving the student experience; if you are interested in learning more, volunteering with the group, or donating books, reach out to them via their webpage by clicking here.

The new carrels are not the only improvements planned this spring.  In April, the café will receive a facelift with all new furniture.  As the library continues to evolve, there will be more chances to tell us what you think.  This is your space and we are dedicated to making it work for you.  (To the student who suggested chandeliers in the last survey, we deeply regret that this will always fall outside the budget.)

On the icy morning of March 24th, the few brave souls who ventured out to 113 St. Joseph were found ranged across the north wall at the new carrels, plugged in, warm, and intent on their work.  As end of term approaches, we invite you to join them, take a seat under the portraits of students past, and enjoy this new feature of the 3rd floor silent study area.  But don’t forget to look up occasionally—spring is on its way.