NYU’s Bobst Library, officially the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, is one of the main hubs of student life at NYU. According to NYU: “Bobst Library houses more than four million volumes, 235,000 serial titles, and over 40,000 linear feet of archives … The Library receives 10,000 visits per day and circulates 304,000 items annually. Bobst Library offers approximately 2,500 seats for student study.” And during finals week, each and every one of those seats are taken.
It’s a beautiful building, with twelve floors, each floor having its own vibe and purpose. NYU Local recently published an article, “What Your Go-To Floor in Bobst Says About You”, describing the multiple floors and how where you study described your personality. I tend to study on two floors that are the exact opposite of each other. The 5th floor is the more social of all twelve floors. There, groups of students pretending to study gather and work. Today I was there for two hours, but instead of getting all of my homework done, I managed to listen to every other conversation around me (I know it’s bad to eavesdrop but I was procrastinating!) and stare at other people do work.
When I really want to study, however, I go to the lower levels, open 24/7. The lower levels are silent and tend to be described as the “dungeons of Bobst”. For me, being in a dungeon is perfect. I need the silence and hard-working vibe around me in order to focus and work equally as hard as those studying with me. It always depends on what work I need to get done and who I’m with. Some people need distractions and noise for them to work hard and some need silence. Each person, as NYU Local explains, has their own Bobst floor that suits them for each and every need.
On a side note, a few years ago an NYU student actually managed to live in Bobst for eight months to avoid housing costs, until he was discovered. I personally believe if he accomplished living there for eight months, they should have built him a small dorm room there, he deserved it! Here is an interview “Bobst Boy”, Steve Stanzak, had with NYU Local: “Bobst Boy: Life After the Stacks”. While many students have spent a night in the 24-hour lower levels, none have beaten the eight month record set by “Bobst Boy”.
Where do you procrastinate?