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NYU PhD students can apply for access to the Dissertation Writers’ Rooms (DWRs) which are shared office spaces with partitioned desks for quiet and scholarly research. These spaces are swipe-access only. Currently, DWRs are only available at Bobst Library.

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Who’s Eligible

You can apply for year-long subscription access to several Dissertation Writers’ Rooms in Bobst Library if you meet the following qualifications:

  • You are an NYU doctoral student and maintaining matriculation

  • You have finished your comprehensive or qualifying exams (or equivalent)

  • Your adviser signs off on the application form below

Apply for a DWR Subscription

GSAS, Silver School of Social Work, and Steinhardt have provided the Libraries with a list of eligible doctoral students that have automatically been granted access to swipe into the DWRs. If your school has not provided the Libraries with a list of eligible students, follow the steps below:

  1. Download the application form:
    DWR Application Form (PDF)

  2. Fill out the form. To confirm your eligibility, you’ll need to have it signed by your department chair, or by an administrator with permission to sign for the chair.

  3. Email the completed form to

Policies and Fines

  • Subscriptions to Dissertation Writers’ Rooms, along with the assigned storage, are for one academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters).

  • Students who meet eligibility requirements and are in good standing with NYU Libraries may apply for DWR access at any time throughout the academic year, but storage availability will vary based on subscriber usage.

  • All subscriptions terms expire at 5pm on the second Friday of the fall semester (regardless of when your subscription term started). Users can renew for the following academic year beginning in May by providing a new eligibility form signed by their department confirming their continuing dissertation work and matriculation.

  • Dedicated long-term storage for DWRs is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. You can either request a Moby (mobile storage cabinet) or locker to store your research materials.

  • The library food and drink policy applies to all Dissertation Writers’ Rooms.

  • A strict “no camping” policy applies to the Dissertation Writers’ Rooms.

  • Subscribers may not leave any personal items or research materials unattended in their assigned room.

  • Only personal materials and checked-out library materials may be stored in a subscriber’s assigned Moby or locker.

  • Inspections of assigned storage are conducted regularly by Library staff authorized to remove materials that violate regulations, and if violations are found on 2 inspection tours, DWR privileges will be permanently revoked.

  • Fines may be applied to a subscriber’s library account for uncharged and non-circulating materials, food items, or inappropriately stored beverage items.

Room Locations

Floor 4 DWRs

  • 427 (northeast)
  • 436 (northwest)

Bobst Floor 4 Map

Floor 4

Floor 5 DWR

  • 536 (northwest)

Bobst Floor 5 Map

Floor 5

Floor 6 DWRs

  • 627 (northeast)

Bobst Floor 6 Map

Floor 6


  • Shared office space
  • Personal mobile storage unit or a locker


  • Rolling chairs (10)
  • Partitioned desks (10)