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Get a PhD Carrel

The purpose of the PhD Writing Room is to provide a place for students who have passed their comprehensive exams, are currently taking dissertation credits, and are pursuing dissertation research and/or the writing phase of their program to work in a QUIET environment


How to Request

Review the requirements below, complete, and have your school’s Graduate Program Director sign the PhD Writing Room Eligibility Form.
Return the completed form to the Hillman Library Donald S. Wood Service Desk.


The fine print

  • Assigned PhD Carrels are available to University of Pittsburgh PhD program candidates with a valid Pitt ID Card, who passed their comprehensive exams, and are currently taking dissertation credits on a first come, first served basis.
  • Carrels are assigned for an academic year, with the option to renew if available.
  • If assignments in the PhD Writing Room are not available, requests will be waitlisted in the order they are received.
  • The PhD Writing Room is accessed by your University ID. There will be a $40.00 charge for any lost keys to your assigned carrel lockers. Failure to return key at end of assignment will result in a $40.00 charge.
  • The PhD Writing Room is accessible to Pitt graduate students with access to the Graduate Student Study Room. If the Graduate Student Study Room is full, PhD carrels may be used by graduate students when PhD carrel assignee is not present.
  • Library materials in carrel lockers must be checked out to your Pitt ID Card.
  • Due to high demand, assignments to the PhD Writing Room are not available to students from the schools of Health Sciences or Law.