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Bobst Library Opens Sensory Space for Neurodiverse Students

by NYU Libraries Communications on 2023-11-02T16:00:00-04:00 | 0 Comments


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NYU Libraries has opened a sensory space on the first floor of Bobst Library, providing students who are neurodiverse with a dedicated room to support their academic success.

With the new space, and two more study rooms scheduled to open on the 9th floor in the spring of 2024, Bobst becomes one of only a handful of academic libraries to offer specially-designed places for students who identify as having acute sensory needs. The rooms are tailored for library users who identify as being on the autism spectrum, who have ADHD or otherwise identify as neurodivergent, and those who have a mental health disability, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or anxiety.

Students who would benefit from using the space can contact the Moses Center for Student Accessibility or the Libraries at to gain access. 

“The need for the space has grown due to the enrollment of more neurodiverse students in higher education and as a result of societal shifts to more openly discuss mental health and wellness across university campuses,” says Lauren Kehoe, Accessibility Librarian. “Since this first introduction, the Libraries has worked towards opening a unique academic space for the sole purpose of reducing stress and anxiety and to provide accessibility features so that neurodiverse students are able to customize their sensory needs.”

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