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Research Study Rooms, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building


The New York Public Library offers three study rooms in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building: the Frederick Lewis Allen Room, the Wertheim Study, and the Shoichi Noma Reading Room.  All rooms are for qualified researchers and writers whose work will benefit from intensive use of the collections of the Library and are available when the Library is open to the public.  The New York Public Library also offers competitive fellowship programs.  Please apply for residence in the Allen, Wertheim or Noma research study rooms using the online form.  For further information, contact

Frederick Lewis Allen Room

Second Floor, Room 228e

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

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. 

Shoichi Noma Reading Room

Second Floor, Room 219

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.