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NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library

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Greenwich Village, New York
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  • Ashwin R.
    "Calm study place n spacious library in NYC"(8 Tips)
    Adrienne M.
    "Graduate Student Exchange on the 10th floor"(2 Tips)
    Ali K.
    "Come her for quiet and comfort!"(12 Tips)
    Christina S.
    "Wonderful library, even if a lot of the books are housed off campus."(11 Tips)
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  • Michael C.
    Michael ConstantineJanuary 14, 2016
    The design of this library is pretty cool. The entrance is grand and I wish I was able to see it before they put the guard rails though they did a great job making it aesthetically appealing
  • Steph Y.
    Steph YeoJune 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you get thrown out of Coles during summer (this is real) you can use the staircase at bobst as a substitute for the stair master. Super effective and air con is better than in the gym. #work
  • Ashley
    AshleyApril 17, 2011
    Get here early! The higher up you go, the quieter it gets. Best to bring your snacks in, quick and cheap! If you start to loose focus, take a walk or move to a new floor!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJanuary 7, 2016
    Sometimes Bobst all-nighters are inevitable, but never fear, the napping spots here are endless. A short stroll around Bobst will no doubt provide some great options. Read more
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob FordDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The new golden atrium screens are perfect for peeking your nose through one of the gaps and pretending you're Hannibal Lecter, carefully watching all those below.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Samantha D.
    Samantha DunacApril 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If your going to sit on the quiet side remember that everyone can still hear you if you talk on the phone by the bathroom....-_- always go to the balcony
  • Alexander
    AlexanderFebruary 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't read tips by students since we're all trying to keep our special library hideouts a secret. Trust nobody.
    Upvoted May 2
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUFebruary 18, 2015
    If you think you have time to print here in between classes... you don't. We recommend trying one of the other lesser known printing facilities elsewhere on campus!
  • William C.
    William ChiuMay 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The corridor with lockers and couches is pretty awesome. Great place to work and nap if needed. It empties out quickly when it's late.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SweeneyAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    best place ever. you should borrow the macbooks and use the microwave/hand dryers in LLI, check out the amazing fales collection on the 3rd floor, socialize in 5th South and sleep in 8th North
  • NYU
    NYUMay 1, 2013
    Whether it’s a study break or you need a book for that final paper - you have no doubt spent plenty of time in the Bobst Library (haven’t you?)
  • Christina S.
    Christina SquitieriSeptember 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Wonderful library, even if a lot of the books are housed off campus. And you can take out up to 200 books!
  • Mariano M.
    Mariano MoranAugust 20, 2016
    Gorgeous, clean and comfortable for studying. Severe lack of diversity in fiction and quantity in non fiction tho.
  • Liv J.
    Liv JovineApril 18, 2012
    5th floor has a state of the art computer lab equipped with GIS and other specialized research software- check it out! Also, awesome free scanner in the same lab.
  • Joyce S.
    Joyce SereiaAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    LL2- single rooms for study are NOT sound proof so don't be a jerk off and start having a phone conversation or group powwow in there!!
  • NYU Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
    Halloween is coming! Courtesy of ARTstor, one of our image databases: http://ezproxy.library.nyu.edu:3762/library/welcome.html … pic.twitter.com/Fv7D8jvI
  • Adrienne M.
    Adrienne MJuly 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    There R bathrooms on almost every floor; fl 3-10 in the NW and NE corners, LL1 and LL2 on the north side of the bldg. Great study views from north side floors 4, 6, 8, and 10. SUPER helpful librarians
  • Nicole
    NicoleSeptember 28, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask the people at the Computer Center on LL1 to install the NYU Printing Service software on your laptop. No more waiting for a free computer to print!
  • Sweta M.
    Sweta MohapatraApril 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The top floor has the best views of Washington Square Park to stare at while you get work done.
  • Carolina V.
    Carolina VázquezOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place if you're new to getting work done and you don't want the intensity of LL2. AND it's open 24/7 :)
  • Allison
    AllisonFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The door's not that tricky, guys. Put your hand where the sign that says "place hand here" is, listen for the click, then exit. You're in grad school; it shouldn't be that hard.
  • Malcolm M.
    Malcolm McElheneyNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lower Levels are where it's at. They have private study rooms so you can lock yourself in to write essays the night before their due.
  • Roslynn A.
    Roslynn AngMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The graduate student exchange will sometimes contain a few inconsiderate humans who talk at the top of their voice despite the din of an otherwise quiet room. Noise canceling headphones necessary.
  • Heather L.
    Heather LiFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't look outside the glass or the new anti-suicide nets will make you depressed, if the nauseating floor pattern didn't do that already. Try LL1 for a relatively more cheerful ambiance.
  • Adrienne M.
    Adrienne MSeptember 11, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Graduate Student Exchange on the 10th floor is an awesome place to escape those pesky undergrads and hang with the over-21 study crowd. Love the whiteboards, too!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUOctober 19, 2012
    Make a right when you get down the stairs and try combining two of the comfy lounge chairs for a makeshift bed.
  • Alexia M.
    Alexia MavrakesFebruary 22, 2014
    Sit by a window on the 5th fl. South wing. The sun warms it up.
  • Egle M.
    Egle MakaraiteFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Next to the women's bathroom there's a door - it's the single bathroom. Great if you like privacy and paper and paper towels.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HannahSeptember 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you want to talk, even whisper to your neighbor step the fuck outside to the hall was because it's incredibly rude and distracting. You will be glared at and or asked to go outside.
  • NYU Wagner
    NYU WagnerJanuary 19, 2012
    Did you know that Bobst Library has graduate only study spaces? Check them out and make sure to reserve a space before you head over! Read more
  • Gabriel L.
    Gabriel LouzaoAugust 21, 2014
    Bottom floors open 24/7, graduate students get their own enclosed study areas.
  • Rayan D.
    Rayan DuttaNovember 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Eat your chips loudly. Stare at those glaring at you whilst chewing with your mouth open. Drool slightly.
  • Eunic O.
    Eunic OrtizFebruary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Staying for a while? Make sure to pack a lunch and not rely on food in the area. Very expensive and very limited depending on time of day. The library lets you set up a picnic while studying.
  • Clara L.
    Clara LuAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You can hear the jazz music from Washington sq park in the East Asian Studies library!
  • Catherine Y.
    Catherine YooSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Come between 8-9am and you won't have try every floor ib frustration to find a place to study. Please finish the constructions SOON.
  • olfat G.
    olfat GDecember 14, 2012
    Best library , 24\7 , u just can't resist especially during finals week !
  • Michael B.
    Michael BronfmanSeptember 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    New renovations look great, go to the top floor and look down. A marvelous sight.
  • Shahid
    ShahidApril 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    North reading room has high ceilings and a great view of the park.
  • Clarissa C.
    Clarissa CarbonellJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    When you borrow a book from reserves remember to get your call number before you get there!!!!
  • Robin K.
    Robin KimApril 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    the gray leather couches on LL1 provide the ultimate napping spot. more than half the kids there are usually curled up and asleep
  • Shengyu C.
    Shengyu ChenMarch 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The place becomes actually nice cozy once vacation starts. Not too loud, not at all crowded.......
  • Sandy
    SandyOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    so although i no longer have access, this has been my favorite place to be productive. i hope to get into an NYU phd program so I can live in this place again.
  • Ali K.
    Ali KeyMay 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    This study lounge is the nicest in the entire library. Come her for quiet and comfort!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUOctober 27, 2012
    The home of 3.3 million volumes, 20,000 journals, 3.5 million microforms, and 6,500 daily users.
  • Vivian N.
    Vivian NunezJuly 15, 2012
    The 10th floor is so messy and disorganized I can't believe is for graduate students! Is there a Cozzy place in here???
  • NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
    Head downstairs for computer labs and convenient places to print your papers.
  • Andre B.
    Andre Botelho bastosApril 24, 2012
    Whenever Stern building is packed you can almost always find a spot here to study.
  • Hugo R.
    Hugo RamosApril 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    great view from the 8th floor. some tables dont reach the plug though (the empty ones)
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan McLennanSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    8th floor reading room. Go. So quiet I can hear my heart beat. Forces one to concentrate.
  • Alice N.
    Alice NamMarch 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Two visitor passes per month available with photo ID. Just in case when you lose your campus ID
  • Nadaleen T.
    Nadaleen Tempelman-KluitSeptember 4, 2012
    New students: your NYU ID is your library card-go to the circulation desk at Bobst to authenticate.
  • Sally R.
    Sally RuanApril 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    4th, 5th, and 6th floors are my favorite. (They were renovated recently.)
  • Ernest H.
    Ernest HonFebruary 19, 2012
    Check out the cool architecture... look up at the lights, down on the patterned marble floor
  • Marian Z.
    Marian ZJune 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    pull an all nighter in a study room with friends for finals. bonus points if you are a commuter and make it your living room for the night.
  • Carolynn C.
    Carolynn ChoiApril 15, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    the LL floors should be renamed South Korea when it's past midnight.
  • NYU Wagner
    NYU WagnerJanuary 11, 2012
    Grad students have study lounges and collaborative spaces! Head to the Bobst website to reserve a space. Read more
  • KeyBump
    KeyBumpMarch 25, 2011
    KeyBump - love the place; the magnificent books; I require books as I require air.
  • Go KESHER
    Go KESHERJanuary 26, 2012
    Travel to Israel with other NYU students for FREE on a KESHER Taglit-Birthright Israel trip! Sign up for registration updates at www.gokesher.org today! Read more
  • Jess S.
    Jess S.March 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Elevators on the left go down to LL1 and LL2. Handy for accessing snacks while stuck on higher floors.
  • Ashwin R.
    Ashwin Raj KumarAugust 4, 2015
    Calm study place n spacious library in NYC
  • Greig R.
    Greig RoselliNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Obtain the guest password to access the internet on the lower level before going anywhere else:-)
  • Ross W.
    Ross WistarJune 29, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    They literally constructed a giant cage around the inside of the building to prevent people from killing themselves. Just let that sink in for a moment.
  • Meg
    MegJanuary 20, 2010
    Take the secret stairs to the second floor (past the 1st fl elevators, on your left). Save yourself the wait!
  • Virginia
    VirginiaOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Many people here don't realize that libraries are for QUIET studying. There are too many (very loud) conversations going on!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUOctober 11, 2016
    The go to place for wifi for any NYU student
  • Lauren
    LaurenDecember 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the huge leather chairs in the quiet rooms that face Washington Square Park are nap-tastic
  • Nadaleen T.
    Nadaleen Tempelman-KluitSeptember 4, 2012
    Follow @NYULibraries on twitter and like us on Facebook-library classes, events, tips, etc., are tweeted and put on FB regularly.
  • John
    JohnJuly 15, 2012
    No cozy place at Bobst. Better try an Ivy League. Columbia University has better installations.
  • Allison
    AllisonMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    New rule: if everyone is studying quietly, take your phone calls outside, dammit.
  • Dustyn R.
    Dustyn RobertsJanuary 12, 2011
    Microwave near vending machines on lower level is great for heating up food vs going out for lunch
  • Kat H.
    Kat HartmanJune 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you need to sleep go home and leave seats and carrolls for those actually working.
  • Mariana S.
    Mariana SunDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    8th floor has a pretty sweet view of 5th Ave and empire state. Ll1 &2 are just plain depressing.
  • Jon R.
    Jon ReidDecember 5, 2010
    During finals time they have free coffee and donuts on LL1. Be on the lookout because they go fast!
  • AngieLove R.
    AngieLove RomanMarch 6, 2012
    Get a free street king energy shot now to help you stay focused on your studies!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJanuary 11, 2016
    Seems like the eighth floor is most popular for NYU students, so maybe try avoiding it when it's busy? Read more
  • Fatima K.
    Fatima KhalidFebruary 23, 2013
    Studying here is always so inspirational. Wooh, Nyu, I love you!
  • Alan C.
    Alan CordovaApril 22, 2010
    If you're an affiliate of NYU (e.g. Columbia student), you'll need a temporary Bobst Library Access Pass, available from the counter immediately to your left as you enter.
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan H.June 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Sometimes the lower level classrooms are left unlocked...use as you see fit!!
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmMay 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Lock yourself in one of the individual study rooms in LL2 during finals season!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HawkNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best studying views in NYC! Makes studying a little easier!
  • Garrett Partners
    Garrett PartnersSeptember 27, 2011
    Study hard now because fall break is only a few weeks away - October 10th & 11th.Follow us for more tips on how to make your school life easier. Read more
  • Katy V.
    Katy VanOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    LL1 has a coffee vending machine. You're welcome.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    North rooms are where the real students go.
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob FordMay 19, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Fill the rooms with quiet and respectful mayhem.
  • DoSomething.org
    DoSomething.orgAugust 16, 2011
    Are you an avid reader? Start a book club and meet new friends. Visit http://dsorg.us/qHS99i for more info. Read more
  • Nadaleen T.
    Need research help? Don't want to lose your fave. spot? Ask a librarian: http://library.nyu.edu/ask/
  • Keisha S.
    Keisha StephenOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Got to love Bobst Library where you look really intelligent while sleeping.
  • James F.
    James FergusonOctober 31, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to the second floor, Avery Fisher center, and borrow one of their 28,000 movies to watch in the many carrels with headphones Read more
  • Shengyu C.
    Shengyu ChenMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Third floor magazine room has treasures. You will
  • Drayton H.
    Drayton HiersJuly 1, 2011
    Please stop UNDERLINING in the books. If you want to make personal notes, buy your own copy.
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina De Los SantosJanuary 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to the handicapped restrooms, they are cleaner!
  • Saiyai S.
    Saiyai S.March 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    It's the main NYU library. So I guess no tip except keep your month shut and your phone on vibrate when you are here!
  • Nuri R.
    Nuri RipleyApril 13, 2012
    how long can you endure in bobst? i've once lived 2 nights & 3 days w/o going home.
  • Didi M.
    Didi MarieNovember 21, 2013
    Incredible resource. After 35 years, it's back to the stacks!
  • Paul M.
    Paul MaySeptember 8, 2011
    5th floor data studio has decent a/v gear, slide scanners.
  • Yoonseo C.
    Yoonseo ChoiDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try awesome hand dryer at LL1 restroom!! lol
  • FoodHunter5000
    FoodHunter5000May 20, 2013
    New York's finest youth pretending to study.
  • Kathy L.
    Kathy LAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Going down a floor? For the love of God, take the stairs.
  • Kasey M.
    Kasey MaDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If I'm the mayor does that make me a nerd for school or nerd for Foursquare?
  • Mark S.
    Mark SOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    7 study spaces/desk
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