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Visitors

Visitors

The Library welcomes the use of its collections by scholars, independent researchers, and other individuals or entities not affiliated with the university, under certain conditions. Access and/or borrowing fees may apply (see the specific visitor categories on the left for fee information). Fees are set annually, in July, and are subject to change.

Visitors must check in with the Library Privileges Office (formerly the Access Office) in Firestone Library to obtain access or borrowers cards. Visitors are strongly encouraged to contact the Office prior to making travel arrangements, as the Library Privileges Office has more limited hours than do the libraries themselves. See our visitor's page for general information about visiting Princeton University Libraries.  Questions?  Call the Library Privileges Office at (609) 258-5737 or email access@princeton.edu

Access Privileges

Bearers of access cards may use our collections on-site; however, they are not eligible for certain library services, such as tracing missing books, using reserve material, requesting items through interlibrary loan or borrow direct, retrieving books that have been received but not yet processed, or using electronic information resources to which access is limited, by licensing agreement, to active members of the Princeton University community.

Borrowing Privileges

A borrower's card provides both access and borrowing privileges for a non-refundable fee. Borrowing privileges may be purchased upon presenting two forms of identification, one of which must contain a photograph, to the Library Privileges Office. Copies of the identification documents are kept on file.

Bearers of borrowers cards are not eligible for certain library services, such as using reserve material, requesting items through interlibrary loan or borrow direct, or using electronic resources to which access is limited, by licensing agreement, to active members of the Princeton University community. 

Loan Periods

The length of borrowing privileges for visitors varies depending on the collection.  Loan periods for all visitor groups, except the Princeton Theological Seminary and the Institute for Advanced Study, are indicated below.

4-week loan in:

Architecture, East Asian, Engineering, Firestone, Furth Plasma Physics, Lewis, Mendel Music, and Stokes

Non-circulating in:

Humanities Resource Center and Marquand

The due dates for items borrowed by visitors will be superseded by the expiration date of borrowing privileges. Visitors may not borrow more than 50 items in total at a time, and may borrow no more than 10 items at a time from the Architecture Library.

Please see the Circulation Policies section for general information about borrowing privileges.