Fisher Fine Arts Carrels

Students in Weitzman School of Design and History of Art programs are eligible to apply for a carrel. Due to the limited number of carrels, graduate students in a PhD program or last year of Master’s study are given priority. Students at other points in these programs and seniors in the History of Art program embarking on their thesis will be placed on a wait list.

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Using carrels

The benefit of using a carrel is that one can maintain a core collection of materials in one place, charged to their carrel. These materials are not to leave the building and are subject to recalls. If you would like to take a book charged to your carrel out of the library, you must have it charged to your Penn account.

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Where to print, copy, scan

Accordion List


No food is allowed in the Fisher Fine Arts Library. Beverages in covered containers are allowed.

Location and Accessibility


Nearby Bathrooms

The accessible men's bathroom is on the first floor. The accessible women's bathroom is on the third floor. Each has a single wheelchair-accessible stall. They do not have automatic doors.

  • For the men's bathroom, exit the Reading Room through the turnstile and enter the grand stair hall. Face right (north). The bathroom entrance is on your side of the grand stair hall, at the far north end. 
    1st floor plan
  • For the women's bathroom, exit the Reading Room through the turnstile. Take a left down the short hallway to the elevator. Take the elevator. As you exit the elevator, the bathroom entrance is directly ahead, across the grand stair hall.
    3rd floor plan

Accessible Entrance

Fisher accessible entrance

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