Library News and Events

  • Posted on Friday, 5 February 2016 - 5:32pm

    The Princeton University Library announces the opening of the exhibition By Dawn’s Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War, on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Princeton University Art Museum. The exhibition continues through June 12, 2016 and is open to the public free of charge.

    By Dawn’s Early Light showcases a rich variety of Jewish voices and imagery from the first decades of the American Republic. Among the more than 170 objects displayed are some of the earliest novels, poems, religious works, paintings, photographs, newspapers and scientific treatises produced by Jews in the United States.

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  • Posted on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 2:25pm
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  • Posted on Thursday, 5 November 2015 - 1:50pm

    Continuing the McGraw Center’s very successful Productive Scholar Series, this new “Library Edition” will focus on research related technologies but also include other computing topics of interest to Princeton students, faculty and staff. Third in our series is Willow Dressel's popular Data Management.
    All events will be held in Lewis 225, and light refreshments will be provided!

  • Posted on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 - 11:22am

    Are you an avid collector of books, manuscripts, or other materials found in libraries? If so, consider submitting an essay about your collection for a chance to win the Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize!

    The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, December 1, 2015. For more information and complete rules, go to:

  • Posted on Monday, 21 September 2015 - 2:48pm

    Sign up for an hour-long workshop on how to create and manage your bibliographies and footnotes with Zotero (and other tools)--and save yourself hours of frustration! Workshops, unless otherwise indicated, will be held in Firestone Library's A floor electronic classroom (A-6-f).


  • Posted on Friday, 18 September 2015 - 11:33am
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  • Posted on Monday, 14 September 2015 - 9:20am
    Tuesday, September 15  1:00 -5:00 PM
    University Library Open House. Meet in the front lobby of either Firestone or Lewis Science Library and bring your Princeton TigerCard. Tours will leave regularly. Refreshments served. See “General Information” for details.
  • Posted on Tuesday, 4 August 2015 - 11:46am
    Leaders from eleven research libraries, national libraries, and nonprofit image repositories met at Oxford University to form the International Image Interoperability Framework Consortium.
  • Posted on Tuesday, 4 August 2015 - 9:09am

    The Video Library, formerly known as the Humanities Resource Center (HRC), will be moved from its current location at East Pyne to a temporary location in Firestone Library.  This move is scheduled for August 5th (Wednesday). 

  • Posted on Monday, 15 June 2015 - 3:28pm

    The Office of the General Counsel has created a new website about copyright.

  • Posted on Monday, 20 April 2015 - 3:32pm

    The Princeton University Library has recently become a partner of the service.  Developed by law school libraries, and used by academics in many disciplines, as well as courts, the service allows users to create citation links that will never break.

  • Posted on Friday, 10 April 2015 - 11:39am

    Duke University has joined the Borrow Direct Network. Borrow Direct allows rapid borrowing from the research collections of 12 peer libraries.  

  • Posted on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 12:23pm

    The Princeton University Library is very pleased to announce the acquisition of the vast personal working library of the famous—and famously controversial—philosopher, Jacques Derrida, whose ideas have profoundly influenced scholarship in many disciplines. His library of more than 13,000 books represents a lifetime of intensive reading, while the extensive annotations they contain reveal the ways in which he integrated what he read into his evolving philosophical structures and methodologies.

  • Posted on Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 1:40pm

    The Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera ( is a steadily growing repository containing a previously unavailable subset of Princeton’s Latin American Ephemera Collection as well as newly acquired materials being digitized and added on an ongoing basis.

  • Posted on Monday, 16 February 2015 - 9:56am

    On February 16, 2015, the University announced that the The Scheide Library has been received as a legacy from William H. Scheide, Class of 1936. It has been housed in Firestone Library since 1959, when Scheide moved the collection from his hometown of Titusville, Pennsylvania. Bill Scheide added new acquisitions to the Library continuously down to his death in November 2014. For the past 56 years it has been available to scholars on terms comparable to the University’s other rare book collections and this will continue.

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  • Posted on Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 11:49am

    This exhibition documents the contemporary representation of Versailles through a multifaceted array of prints, books, maps, medals, and manuscripts. It highlights in particular those elements that today survive only on paper: ephemeral festivals; short-lived creatures (courtiers, animals, flowers); fragile groves and fountains too costly to maintain; and once celebrated masterpieces of art and architecture that were irrevocably destroyed or altered. The 'paper Versailles' is quite different from the one that millions of tourists visit every year and affords many unusual and surprising glimpses into a largely lost world. All the books and prints on display were created in the 17th and 18th centuries. With only a few exceptions, they were selected from the holdings of Firestone and Marquand Libraries, acquired over the past 140 years. A large number of these items came as gifts; therefore, this exhibition also honors the curators, alumni, and friends of the Princeton University Library who have built its remarkable collections. 

    Please explore the exhibit's companion website.

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  • Posted on Monday, 19 January 2015 - 5:19pm

    Build your own virtual newstand with BrowZine, a service that delivers thousands of academic journals to your mobile device.

  • Posted on Monday, 15 December 2014 - 12:04pm

    Marquand Library exhibits two elegant books of portraits by Jacopo Strada.

  • Posted on Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 9:07am

    In this law school-style class taught by Prof. Jonathan Hafetz, you will prepare a case and experience the Socrating method first hand. 

    Event Dates:
    Tuesday, 2 December 2014 - 4:30pm
  • Posted on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 3:10pm

    Join us in Firstone to celebrate 130 years of U.S. government documents in the Princeton University Library.

  • Posted on Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 10:40am

    Are you an avid collector of books, manuscripts, or other materials found in libraries? If so, submit an essay about your collection for a chance to win the Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize!

  • Posted on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 11:34am

    Lewis Library's Map & Geospatial Information Center Launches New Exhibit

  • Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 - 4:48pm

    The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce that the Papers of Toni Morrison, celebrated American author and Nobel Laureate, now have a permanent home in the Library. President Christopher L. Eisgruber made the announcement on Friday, October 17, in Princeton's Richardson Auditorium, during the conference Coming Back: Reconnecting Princeton's Black Alumni

  • Posted on Friday, 3 October 2014 - 3:15pm

    A new partnership offers Princeton students, faculty, and staff on-site borrowing privileges at eleven participating institutions.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 9 September 2014 - 2:31pm

    PUL is pleased to announce the availability of a large digital collection of pamphlets documenting World War I in Europe.

  • Posted on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 11:58am

    Through a joint project of the University Archives, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Office of Information Technology, senior theses for the Classes of 2013, 2014, and all future classes will be collected and made accessible to the campus community via Princeton University’s digital repository, DataSpace.

  • Posted on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 11:32am

    Marquand Library features Katsushika Hokusai’s 19th century manga series through the end of November.

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  • Posted on Monday, 18 August 2014 - 4:13pm

    “Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888” exhibit event Sunday, October 5, 2014.

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  • Posted on Friday, 13 June 2014 - 8:44am

    Princeton launches the first public version of the Princeton University Library Map Search website.

  • Posted on Thursday, 12 June 2014 - 5:25pm

    The Borrow Direct network now consists of ten partner libraries.

  • Posted on Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 11:41am

    Princeton University Digital Library (PUDL) Zooms in with New Feature

  • Posted on Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 8:48am

    The Cotsen Children's Library Launches New Exhibition.

  • Posted on Monday, 14 April 2014 - 2:22pm

    Let PUL help you create data management plans

  • Posted on Monday, 14 April 2014 - 2:13pm

    Princeton users can now have full access to and the smartphone apps for a period of 364 days from the date a patron activates it.

  • Posted on Monday, 24 March 2014 - 11:01am

    The Manuscripts Division of Rare Books and Special Collections is pleased to announce that Peter N. Heydon, Class of 1962, has made several important gifts, which are now on view in Firestone Library’s Eighteenth-Century Window.

  • Posted on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 10:38am

    From a Thankful Nation: Latin American Medals & Orders in the Robert L. Ross Collection Exhibition Tour today, May 29, at 3pm.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 3:07pm

    Beautifully renovated study and stack spaces now open on Firestone's top two floors.

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  • Posted on Sunday, 15 December 2013 - 1:03pm

    The New York Public Library, Columbia University and Princeton University Appoint Jacob Nadal as Executive Director of The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP).

  • Posted on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 3:46pm

    History grads now have a new perch in Firestone.

  • Posted on Friday, 6 December 2013 - 8:31am

    Then sign up for a citation management workshop!

    Event Location:
    Firestone Electronic Classroom 2 - A-6-F
  • Posted on Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 8:36am

    The Data and Statistical Services (DSS) Lab has moved to its new location -- A-12-G (Firestone Library).

  • Posted on Monday, 2 December 2013 - 2:41pm

    The Princeton University Digital Library (PUDL) includes this digitized collection of popular prints and posters.

  • Posted on Monday, 18 November 2013 - 5:42pm

    Test out the latest research resources that the University Library is considering for purchase or recently licensed. 

  • Posted on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 3:29pm

    The Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize is endowed from the estate of Elmer Adler, who for many years encouraged the collecting of books by Princeton undergraduates.  Deadline for Entries is Monday, December 2, 2013.

  • Posted on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 3:14pm

    This November event is a joint effort between the Princeton University Library, OIT, and the Office for the Dean of Research.

    Event Dates:
    Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 4:30pm
  • Posted on Monday, 21 October 2013 - 6:45pm

    Firestone Library is pleased to be exhibiting a selection of Woody Allen’s film scripts in conjunction with the question-and-answer session with the celebrated American movie director, screenwriter, and author in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium on Sunday, October 27.

    Event Dates:
    Monday, 21 October 2013 (All day) to Monday, 18 November 2013 (All day)
  • Posted on Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 6:43pm

    The Class of 2013 senior theses are now available on DataSpace at Princeton University. Senior theses are accessible in full-text, digital format from any Princeton-networked computer.

  • Posted on Monday, 7 October 2013 - 4:39pm

    The Blue Mountain Project at the Princeton University Library will host an
    interdisciplinary conference,  "Remediating the Avant-Garde: Magazines and
    Digital Archives," October 25-26, 2013 on the Princeton University Campus.

    Event Dates:
    Friday, 25 October 2013 (All day) to Saturday, 26 October 2013 (All day)
  • Posted on Monday, 7 October 2013 - 12:39pm

    Princeton University Library will host an open house during Freshman Family Weekend, October 11th and 12th.

  • Posted on Friday, 27 September 2013 - 1:07pm

    “Building the House of Knowledge:” The Graduate College Centennial now on exhibit in Mudd.

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  • Posted on Friday, 27 September 2013 - 12:48pm

    Come see a recorded lecture series featuring MIT's Professor Jeffery Grossman titled "Understanding the Science for Tomorrow".  Fridays at noon in Lewis 225.


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  • Posted on Monday, 23 September 2013 - 11:01am

    The Friends of Princeton University Library present "Egyptian Film Poster Designers and the Print Shops of Hassan Mazhar Gassour & Sayed Ali Ibrahim al-Nasr."

    Event Dates:
    Saturday, 21 September 2013 - 12:00pm to Sunday, 2 February 2014 - 5:00pm
  • Posted on Thursday, 19 September 2013 - 4:00pm

    The School of Architecture Library's recent Little Magazine acquisitions are now on exhibit in the School of Architecture Galleries.

  • Posted on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 - 1:34pm

    Mendel honor's "Rite of Spring" with new acquisitions and an an exhibition.

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  • Posted on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 - 8:37am

    The Mendel Music Library unveils its new circulation desk!

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  • Posted on Monday, 16 September 2013 - 8:52am
    CHAT LIVE with a librarian TODAY, Jan. 3rd, 2014
  • Posted on Monday, 9 September 2013 - 11:04am

    The Library will participate in the Graduate Student Information Fair which will be held on Monday, September 9 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm under the tent on Alexander Beach, in front of Richardson Auditorium. 

  • Posted on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 - 8:50am

    Cotsen Children's Library hosts “Putting the Figure on the Map: Imagining Sameness and Difference for Children"

    September 11, 2013 through September 13, 2013. 


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  • Posted on Tuesday, 9 July 2013 - 5:40pm

    Explore the dramatically redesigned website and its new functionalities!

  • Posted on Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 12:04pm

    Princeton University Library is very pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Keenan, the new Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Librarian.




  • Posted on Monday, 3 June 2013 - 8:31am

    "Evolution of German Shells: Efficiency in Form" explores German thin-shell structural design and is now open in the Friend Center Engineering Library.

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  • Posted on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 - 10:12am

    An extraordinary collection of world maps, dating from 1472 to 1700, has found a permanent home in the Historic Maps Collection of the Princeton University Library.

  • Posted on Monday, 6 May 2013 - 11:40pm

    Mudd Library's Archival Description Working Group was recently awarded the Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Con­fer­ence's Frederic Miller Finding Aid Award at the MARAC spring meeting. 

  • Posted on Tuesday, 9 April 2013 - 5:08pm

    The Library's annotated books today provide evidence not only for historians of reading but also for anyone interested in how and why the mentalité of an era was formed. See what has been digitized!

  • Posted on Monday, 25 March 2013 - 2:14pm

    Gear up for Princyclopedia, the Cotsen Children’s Library’s huge, annual event where we bring a book to life through tons of activities, live shows, and demonstrations. This year we're digging deep with Journey to the Centre of the Earth! Bats! Dirt! Rocks! Crystals! Volcanoes! And of course, dinosaurs! Meet a “live” life-size baby Tyrannosaurus Rex (and a smaller, gentler baby Hadrosaur for younger dinosaur enthusiasts).

    Event Dates:
    Saturday, 6 April 2013 -
    10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2013 - 12:57pm

    Get Library books on your Kindle, iPad, and other electronic reading devices. The Dixon eBooks Collection has hundreds of titles available for downloading or streaming on your own device or reading online.




  • Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 - 11:18am

    "A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasures of American History From Jamestown to Appomattox" will feature nearly 100 of our finest holdings of American historical manuscripts, autograph letters, rare books, maps, photographs and other materials from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) and Scheide Library.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - 1:10pm

    Discover world music through Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - 10:49am

    Whether it is off to Washington, DC or to Kandy, Sri Lanka, Library patrons can plan their trips with Firestone's Travel Guides collection.

  • Posted on Wednesday, 2 January 2013 - 10:34am

    The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of an eighteenth-century scribal score (297 pages) of George Frideric Handel’s three-act opera Berenice, copied by a contemporary Handel copyist (“S2”) from the composer’s autograph manuscript. The scribal score is complete but for Berenice’s aria “Avvertite mie pupille” and opens with the title page reading, “Berenice Opera Composta per il Sgr G:F: Handel / Comminciato December: 15 1736.” Handel’s opera seria concerning the life and loves of Queen Cleopatra Berenice of Egypt around 80 B.C.E. was based on an Italian libretto by the Florentine poet Antonio Salvi, who entitled it Berenice, regina d'Egitto.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 - 3:38pm

    Over 400,000 pages of records from six of Mudd's most-used col­lec­tions will be dig­i­tized and posted online.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 - 3:22pm

    Come visit the Princeton University Library's new Map and Geospatial Information Center in Fine Hall.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 - 4:16pm

    This exhibition is currently on display on the first floor of the Engineering Library in Friend Center.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 - 4:01pm

    Get help locating books or other materials in Firestone.

  • Posted on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 - 3:10pm

    The exhibition is scheduled for August 24, 2012 through February 10, 2013 in the Main Exhibition Gallery, Firestone Library.

  • Posted on Friday, 27 July 2012 - 3:58pm

    iPads are now available to lend to Princeton University students, faculty and staff. The tablets are available in the Engineering, Firestone, and Lewis libraries.