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This guide provides information about the 2016 renovation project on the 7th floor of Bobst Library.

A Message to the NYU Community from Carol A. Mandel, Dean of the Division of Libraries

In May 2016, we began a truly exciting project in Bobst Library: renovating the seventh floor and adding it to the Research Commons.  As a result, the Research Commons will encompass four versatile, beautiful, mixed use floors—four, five, six, and seven. 

The centerpiece of the renovation will be a completely redesigned Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media (AFC).  There will be listening/viewing carrels, media collaborative rooms that maximize the listening experience, reference assistance, and of course, the AFC’s vast music and video collections.  This LibGuide is one of the ways we will keep you informed as the project progresses.  The existing Avery Fisher Center on the second floor will remain fully functional until the end of the fall semester.  The new one is scheduled to open at the start of the spring 2017 semester. 

 During the seventh floor renovation, you will experience minimal, if any, disruption of services.  Books were relocated during the fall semester and BobCat has been updated.  Work will begin early in the morning and finish in the afternoon.  When drilling or other particularly noisy tasks are scheduled, we will alert you in advance.

I would like to acknowledge the funders who are helping to make this project possible: the Elmer and Mamdouha Bobst Foundation, the Fisher family, and the Friends of Bobst Library.   

As always, we have designed this project with careful attention to what you told us about the way you use the library.  We thank you for your input and for your patience, and look forward to the exciting grand opening of the newest Research Commons floor.  


To view a video interview with Dean Mandel, click here.



We're expanding the Bobst Library Research Commons by doing a major renovation of the 7th floor.  Among the project's highlights: quiet study spaces and a new Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media (AFC), opening for the Spring 2017 semester.  The current AFC on the second floor (shown above) will remain open until then. For more information on how the Research Commons is designed for a variety of work and research modes, visit the NYU Research Commons Guide.


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