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Telephone: (609) 258-3202
All Princeton University faculty, staff,and students, their spouses, partners and dependents, the faculty and students of Princeton Theological Seminary, and the members and staff of the Institute for Advanced Study are eligible to borrow books and other material from the Princeton University Libraries.
Other individuals who wish to use the library collections should consult the Library Access Office, Room 1-9-C, Firestone Library, telephone 609.258.5737. Review Access policies.
Books charged out on a personal identification card remain the responsibility of the individual named on that card. All eligible borrowers are expected to have a current address on file at the Firestone Circulation Desk.
Borrowers are responsible for recalls at all times. If circumstances require individuals to leave town, they should make arrangements for responding to the recall and the prompt return of the book(s) to the Library. Books charged to an individual must be returned in good condition, without evidence of defacement, mutilation, or water damage.
All library users must present a valid photo-identification card to use the collections. Princeton students, faculty, and staff must present the Princeton University ID card, with current academic year validation, in order to borrow books from Firestone Library. Non-University "guest" borrowers must obtain a photo-ID card from the Library Access Office. Loss or theft of an identification card should be reported immediately to the Firestone Circulation Desk.
The following loan periods pertain to Firestone Library:
- Regular stack books and circulating periodicals:
- Guest Borrowers - 4 weeks
- Undergraduates and University Staff - 8 weeks
- Faculty, Graduate Students, and Seniors - Academic year
- "Dixon" books and "in process" books:
- All patrons - 4 weeks
- In Process books may not be renewed
Some examples of materials that do NOT circulate are reference books, unbound periodicals and some bound periodicals, as well as books in Graduate Study Rooms. All materials are subject to recall immediately if needed for Reserve or after two weeks if requested by another borrower. Please note: The loan periods and policies of branch libraries vary from that of Firestone. Please inquire at the appropriate branch library regarding their policies.
Books not requested by other borrowers may be renewed either in person, by fax (609-258-6154), by an online form, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by using the special renewal forms available at the Firetone Circulation Desk. Renewals may not be requested by phone. Patrons must supply their barcode number and the call number and barcode number of each book to be renewed. The library must receive the renewal request on, or before, the due date to avoid overdue fines.
Please note: Firestone books, on loan to faculty, staff and graduate students for the entire year, MUST be brought to the Circulation Desk for renewal.
Books Not Found in the Stacks
If you cannot locate an item in the stacks and it is not checked out, you may request that a search be performed by submitting an online trace request. A full trace for a missing book may take as long as one week but approximately one third of these books are found sooner.
If a library item is checked out to another borrower, you may place a recall on it for your use. In the event an item is recalled, a notice is generated and sent to the current borrower. The current borrower has ten days, from the date on which the recall notice is generated to return the recalled item. Failure to return a recalled item within the ten day period will incur a fine of $1.00 per day, and the patron will be blocked from borrowing until the item is returned. It is the responsibility of the patron to ensure that the Library has a current address on file.
Please note: All patrons are responsible for honoring recall requests and are subject to recall fines.
Overdue Penalties and Lost Book Fees
Most borrowers are subject to fines for the late return of Library books and other materials. Unpaid fines of $20 or more will block borrowing privileges. In most cases, the "due date" is stamped on a slip in the back of each book. Please note, however, that a recall notice establishes a NEW due date for books requested for other borrowers. In addition, materials "on reserve" often have hourly due times. Remember: Always return books to the location from which they were borrowed in order to avoid fines. (Fines and policies may vary in branch libraries; consult the individual library for fine information.) The following fines pertain to books charged at the Circulation Desk in Firestone Library:
- Recalled books not returned by NEW due date: $1 per day
- All other books: $.25 per day
If a book is long overdue or damaged beyond repair, you will be billed for its replacement. You may replace the lost item, with a book of the same edition, and only processing fees will be charged. Please consult with a Firestone Circulation supervisor concerning lost items.
Please note: The loan periods and policies of branch libraries vary from that of Firestone. Please inquire at the appropriate branch library regarding their policies. See: http://libweb.princeton.edu/libraries/libraries.php