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Research Study Rooms

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The New York Public Library offers three study centers in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building: the Frederick Lewis Allen Room, the Wertheim Study, and the Shoichi Noma Reading Room. All are for qualified scholars needing intensive use of the collections of the Library. Also available is an international fellowship program: the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers, open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Schwarzman Building.

For further information, contact researchstudyrooms@nypl.org.

Frederick Lewis Allen Room

Second Floor, Room 228e

Fully accessible to wheelchairs

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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The Frederick Lewis Allen Memorial Room, established by the Ford Foundation in 1958 as a tribute to the author, critic, editor, and man of letters, who had served as a member of its Board of Trustees, assists authors under book contract needing intensive use of the general research collections of The New York Public Library for a prescribed period of time.

Admission is limited to writers currently under book contract to a publishing company. A photocopy of this signed contract must accompany each application for admission.

Wertheim Study

Second Floor, Room 228w

Fully accessible to wheelchairs

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10:00 AM - 
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The Wertheim Study, established in 1963 by author and scholar Barbara Tuchman in honor of her father, Maurice Wertheim, publisher of The Nation and a founder of The Theatre Guild, serves individuals requiring extensive use of the Library’s materials (related to the humanities and social sciences) for the preparation of books, articles, dissertations, or other research projects. The initial assignment is not less than three or more than nine months.

The Study is available whenever the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is open to the public.

Shoichi Noma Reading Room

Second Floor, Room 219

Fully accessible to wheelchairs

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10:00 AM - 
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To assist researchers' intensive use of the general research collections for a prescribed period of time, The New York Public Library offers the Shoichi Noma Reading Room (Room 219). This room serves individuals engaged in research projects requiring consultation of research materials related to the humanities and social sciences, preliminary to the preparation of a publication, report, or other research project.

To receive an application by email, contact researchstudyrooms@nypl.org.