Study Carrels

Study carrel units are designed to provide individual students or pairs with a private workspace, usually consisting of a work surface with left and right privacy panels. A backside privacy panel is incorporated into many single-student study carrel designs.


Adjustable Hi-Lo Carrel: Adjustable Hi-Lo carrel units accommodate sitting or standing access with adjustable legs that transition between 27”-high and 39”-high.

Back-to-Back Study Carrel: Back-to-back study carrel units are two study carrels joined with the backsides together, sharing a center privacy panel to allow two independent users to work separately.

Computer Carrel: Computer carrels are study carrels with work surface and side privacy panels, with or without a back privacy panel, and with a design that supports modern computer use. Integrated wire management, grommet holes for cable pass-through, room for monitor, CPU, mouse, and keyboard, and other technology-friendly features enhance the computer carrel for modern library and computer lab settings.

Computer Kiosk/Kiosk Carrel/Information Bay: Computer kiosks, kiosk carrels, and information bays are carrel workspaces with side and/or back privacy panels in varying styles for use with computer, digital library catalog, or other technology setup. The frame usually includes grommets for wire pass-through and cable management for neat setup and use.

Conference Carrel: A conference carrel is a study carrel unit with two facing sides allowing two users to confer and interact within the privacy panels on the left and right of the work surface.

Floor Carrel: Floor carrels are standing privacy carrels designed to fit around standard-sized student desks for a private workspace when needed.

H Carrel: H carrel units are H-shaped study carrels with flat work surface and two side privacy panels forming the legs of the frame and the left and right privacy guards.

Pedestal-Base Carrel: Pedestal-base carrel units are work surfaces with privacy panels on the sides and/or back for a private workspace, set on two post-style legs with stabilized base design. Many pedestal-base study carrels have adjustable legs for customizing the work surface height as needed.

Privacy Station: A privacy station is a private workspace, usually with a work surface and three privacy panels surrounding the outward-facing edges of the work surface. Privacy stations come in sitting and standing height styles.

Reference Carrel: Reference carrel units are spacious work surfaces with back and/or side privacy panels, offering support for reference section in library or on different library floors. The reference carrel can be used for reference section use, allowing students and patrons to search comfortably through non-circulating reference materials.

Side-by-Side Study Carrel: Side-by-side study carrel units are two individual study carrels joined by one shared, lateral privacy panel for two independent users to work separately in a fixed configuration for library, computer lab, or other settings.

Single Tabletop Carrel: Single tabletop carrels are shorter privacy carrels made to be positioned on tabletops and desks for instant privacy when needed.

Starter Carrel: Starter carrels are study carrels that offer standalone use, with the option to combine with matching add-on carrels for rows of conjoined study carrels to suit different location needs.


Add-On Carrel: Add-on carrels are study carrel units with non-freestanding designs that coordinate and combine with the matching starter carrels for fixed rows of individual carrel units to suit different location needs.

CPU Holder: CPU holders are included with many computer-friendly study carrels, providing a shelf, platform, or compartment sized to hold standard computer towers. The enclosed compartments and shelves usually include some type of grommet hole or wire pass-through support for neater technology setup.

Fabric Tackboard: Fabric tackboards enhance select carrel units, with a choice of fabric colors to customize the finished design and accommodates use with pushpins, tacks, or staples for notes, memos, and other study support or reference materials.

Grommets: Grommets are holes placed in strategic spots within a study carrel frame, designed to provide pass-through ability for cables, power cords, and wires. Grommets are usually found in the work surface of computer-friendly workstations and study carrels, or in the side panels for side-by-side technology wiring and networking.

Modesty Panel: Modesty panels are under-desk panels usually extending down from the underside of the work surface to a halfway point or to the bottom of the frame, concealing the under-desk area or knee space for privacy.

Printer Shelf: A printer shelf is a small, printer-sized shelf, often built into the lower frame of a study carrel or computer kiosk for use with printers.

Ventilated Wire Management: Ventilated wire management indicates an enclosed section of the frame or a built-in wire management bin or channel, enhanced by cutouts or vents to allow airflow for protecting the wires and cables from heat accumulation and moisture build-up.

Vinyl Tackboard: Vinyl tackboards enhance select carrel units, allowing a choice of vinyl colors for the tackboard surface and accommodate use with pushpins, staples, and tacks for memos, notes, and other support.

Back-to-Back Study Carrel
Back-to-Back Study Carrel

Computer Kiosk Carrel/ Information Bay
Computer Kiosk/ Kiosk Carrel/ Information Bay

Conference Carrel
Conference Carrel

Privacy Station
Privacy Station

Single Tabletop Carrel
Single Tabletop Carrel

Construction Materials

Adjustable Glides: Adjustable glides are floor-safe glides added to the base of study carrel legs and base components, with adjustable designs that allow the user to increase height on one or more glides for increased floor contact on uneven surfaces, reducing unwanted movement or wobbling and leveling the work surface for improved use.

Adjustable Legs: Adjustable legs are leg components designed with two parts, creating a telescope-style assembly that adjusts along a range or preset height options to move the work surface to a desired height within that height range.

Anodized Aluminum Frame: Anodized aluminum frames are aluminum frames that have been treated, usually with a zinc treatment process, designed to thicken and protect the metal for lasting appearance and use. The anodized aluminum is protected from exposure for reduced risk of damage from moisture and weather variables.

Baked-On Enamel Finish: Baked-on enamel paint finish is a finishing process that uses paint with a baked curing process that typically yields a high-gloss finish.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Finish: Environmentally friendly powder-coat finish is a dry paint applied to steel and other metal components of select library furniture products, cured for a durable, hard finish that resists scratches and damage from regular use. The powder-coat finishing process is eco-friendly and the finished results are typically non-glossy with smooth or textured feel depending on the design.

High-Pressure Laminate Finish: High-pressure laminate finish is a durable, scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and heat-resistant finish applied in multiple layers using heat and pressure to secure the bond to the surfaces of furniture panels. The finish is easy to clean and maintain, and comes in a virtually limitless array of color and style options that vary with the furniture collections.

Horizontal Stability Bar: Horizontal stability bars are attached bars, usually composed of steel to match the frames of study carrels, connecting the left and right sides of the frame for enhanced support and stability.

Low-Glare Finish: Low-glare finish is a slightly dulled, non-glossy finish that provides enhanced comfort by reducing glare from interior and natural light sources.

Melamine Finish: Melamine finish is a durable finish option, similar to laminate but using fewer layers while maintaining similar durability and effect. Melamine is also applied using heat and pressure, securely bonding to furniture core panels, with an easy-clean surface in a wide range of styles, designed to resist scratches, stains, and heat contact for lasting appearance.

Phenolic Backer Sheet: Phenolic backer sheet refers to a sheet of phenolic laminate, bonded to the backside of core panels such as work surfaces, designed to seal and protect the underside of the panel from exposure and use. The addition of backer sheets can also help prevent warping of the core panel over time.

PVC Edge: PVC edge indicates the use of a PVC plastic band or strip applied to the edges of core panels, covering raw edges for a smoother look and feel, and protecting surface finish seams where they meet with the core panels. PVC edging is impact-resistant, enduring everyday use in busy locations.

Radius Corners: Radius corners are the rounded and smoothed corners of tabletops and work surfaces, privacy panels, and other elements creating a softer look and safer design.

Self-Leveling Glides: Self-leveling glides are floor-safe glides that pivot to adjust naturally to uneven floor surfaces, balancing the work surface for better use and reducing wobbling or unwanted movement.

Side-Panel Braces: Side-panel braces are reinforcing elements added to the frames of carrel units to support the left and right side panels.

Straight Legs: Straight legs are standard table legs with straight solid or tube-style design. Straight legs are usually enhanced by plastic floor-protecting foot caps, floor-safe nylon glides, or adjustable leveling glides.

T-Mold Edge: T-mold edge refers to a band or strip, usually made of vinyl, customized to fit the edges of select furniture core panels, with a T-like shape, when viewed from one end. The top part of the T-shape forms the covering of the raw edges while the post part of the T-shape is fit securely within a groove made around the panel edge.

T-Legs: T-legs are pedestal-style post-like table legs with a straight foot design resembling an upside-down capital T.

Vinyl Edge: Vinyl edge indicates the use of a custom-sized band or strip of vinyl applied to the edges of core panels, concealing the seam where the panels meet the surface finish and covering raw edges for a smoother, safer design. Vinyl edging is impact-resistant, enduring frequent use in busy settings and resistant to impact from everyday bumps and use.

Starter Carrel
Starter Carrel

Add-On Carrel
Add-On Carrel

Study Carrel with CPU Holder
CPU Holder

Study Carrel with Radius Corners
Radius Corners


ADA Compliant: ADA compliant study carrels are carrel units with sufficient height and width dimensions to accommodate wheelchair access in accordance with the standards or requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Angled Work Surface: Angled work surface designed typically refer to study carrels and computer carrels with slightly angled side panels creating a wider user-side of the work surface and a narrower backside of the work surface. The design allows increased work surface area with sufficient room in the back of the work surface for a computer monitor.

ANSI/BIFMA: ANSI/BIFMA products feature an icon that indicates the product has been verified to meet the standards of the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and BIFMA (Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturers Association. Ensuring high-quality design, consistent quality in production, functional use as advertised, and safe design features.

Lightweight Design: Lightweight design usually indicates the use of lighter materials such as aluminum frames instead of steel and particleboard or other lighter-weight core panels instead of solid hardwood.

Sound-Absorbing Design: Many privacy panels with fabric or vinyl tackboard designs feature sound-absorbing properties to reduce distractions and sound carrying throughout a workspace or study area. The use of study carrels and privacy panels can also help reduce sound from carrying throughout an open floor space by disrupting sound waves as they travel.

TAA Compliant: TAA compliant products are made in the USA or manufactured in a designated country that meets the standards set by the Trade Agreements Act of 1979. Free trade between the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Singapore meet the requirements of a TAA compliant design, while products made in the People’s Republic of China do not. Other designated countries include those participating in the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement, namely Japan and many European nations, as well as Aruba, Costa Rica, Haiti, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Laos, and Bangladesh.

Study Carrel with T-Legs