carrel ˈker-əl , ˈka-rəl noun
: small individual study area in a library
The word carrel has appeared in 13 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 15 in “12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love,” in which novelist Ramona Ausubel writes:
Each morning I packed up my laptop and some snacks and left the distraction of home (dishes, sweeping, telephone) and nested myself near the library’s big windows. I looked out at a scrubby hill full of rabbit holes behind the building (a comforting and very un-Orange County sight) and I tried to do this impossible-seeming thing, this making something out of nothing.
…. After six weeks I had a draft. It was a mess, but it was alive. When I left my carrel that last day I gave the window a high-five. The library and I had done this together.