Maps &  Spaces

Instruction Room

The library instruction room, Library 118, contains 22 computer stations and a projection screen. The room is used primarily by librarians for instruction. In special circumstance the room may be available to faculty for a class period, but not the entire semester,, by calling the Library Office at (518) 580-5506 the week before the room is needed.

Pohndorff Room

Special Collections materials may be viewed in the Pohndorff Reading Room (3rd Floor – by the spiral staircase). Classes and events are often held in this room as well. Visit the Special Collections pages for hours, services, policies, and scheduling events/class sessions.

Media Rooms

Three media rooms are located on the first floor (Library 126, 127, and 129). These rooms may be reserved through Skidmore’s room reservation system and are available on a walk-up basis.

All equipment is activated using control panels present in each room.

Library 126 (seats 8): Blue Ray/DVD player, VHS player, sound system, digital projector

Library  127 (seats 8): Blue Ray/DVD player, VHS player, sound system, digital projector

Library 129 – “Media Viewing Room” (seats 31): Blue Ray/DVD player, Region 2 DVD player, overhead projector, laptop hook-up, surround sound, lounge seating.

Carrel Policy

Scribner Library has 32 carrels available to Skidmore students on a semester-long basis. Priority is given to senior thesis writers; who may register for either the fall or spring semester of their senior year. At the start of each semester, a call will go out for applications. The deadline is the first Sunday after classes begin. After all qualified carrel requests have been processed for the current semester, any unoccupied carrels may be released to other Skidmore individuals, including faculty, based on need. Please note that the Library does not routinely set aside carrels for faculty use.

In order to maximize the number of students able to benefit from library carrels, we strongly encourage applicants consider partnering with a fellow classmate to share a carrel. If we receive more applications than we can accommodate, priority will be given to students living off campus, and then according to the order in which applications were received.

Instructions for applicants

  • Make sure your thesis advisor supports your request for a carrel
  • Fill out the online application form:
  • If you are assigned a carrel, you will need to ask your advisor to email a brief recommendation so that you can be issued a key. Note: if we do not receive your recommendation within 5 business days, your carrel may be offered to the next individual on the waiting list, so consult with your advisor early on in the process.
  • Once your advisor’s recommendation in received, you’ll be instructed to stop by the Library Administration Office (Library 103) to get your key and sign a carrel use agreement.
  • Keys are due back to the Library Administration Office by the last day of classes each semester.

The deadline for Fall 2019 applications is Sunday, September 8. Policy revised August 2019.

Carrel Use Policies:

  • Carrels may only be occupied during hours when the library is open.
  • Carrel occupants are responsible for any damage incurred during the semester and will be billed for any necessary repairs/cleaning.
  • Carrel sharing with qualified occupants, while encouraged, requires permission from the Library Administration Office (Library 103).
  • Library materials must be checked out before they can be left overnight in carrels. Library materials that have not been checked out should be placed on a shelving cart immediately after use. Carrels will be inspected periodically. Any materials not checked out (including non-circulating books and journals) will be reshelved and the occupant may be asked to vacate their carrel.
  • Food and drink may be consumed in carrels but should not be left overnight.
Scribner Library has 24 lockers available, with priority given to Skidmore students. The lockers are located on the fourth floor and are assigned for short-term use throughout the year, according to need. Failure to comply with the locker policy below may result in forfeiture of locker use.

  • Library materials must be checked out before they are stored in a locker. Library journals, reference books, or any other non-circulating library materials may not be retained in the lockers. Anything not checked out will be removed by library staff and returned to the collection.
  • No food, beverages, alcohol, or illegal substances in the lockers.
  • Lockers are subject to periodic inspections by library staff.
  • Overdue keys will result in a fine. A $50 replacement fee will be charged if the key is lost or stolen.

To apply for a locker, please contact Lori Acee at or (518) 580-5506 or stop by the Library Administration Office (Library 103).