2020-2021 Resources

2020-21 Resources

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Graduate Students

Visiting the Library

Study or browse in the libraries
With our Study-Browse Service, graduate students may use our seat reservation system to book a seat in the libraries and study or browse the stacks. The service is available at all campus libraries. 

For information on accessing Special Collections, including booking an appointment in the reading room, please visit the department's website.

Access collections in graduate study rooms
The Graduate Study Rooms in Firestone will be accessible to authorized graduate students and faculty as part of our reservation-based Study-Browse Service. Time in the study room is limited to a 10-15 minute visit to gather books from non-circulating collections or other books from your assigned carrel. Patrons are required to bring selected items back to their reserved seat to read. All handled materials will need to be placed on a return-book cart after use. Handled materials will be sequestered for 24 hours before being returned to the study room.

Please note that we regularly seek and receive feedback from faculty and students about our services and appreciate hearing from you. We have received requests for longer periods of access to the graduate study rooms and will continue to explore ways to address that need. This page will be updated as information evolves. See frequently asked questions.

Pick up materials in your locker or carrel
Students may collect materials from their locker or carrel during a Study-Browse session or by making a separate appointment. To make a separate appointment, please contact your library location: 

Use technology
A printer is available on the first floor of Firestone Library near the Info Desk. OIT also offers printer clusters at locations on campus. Scanners are available for use during Study-Browse appointments at Stokes, Engineering (Fine Hall, B-level), Lewis (first floor), East Asian Library, and Mendel. Specialized computers offering databases such as Datastream and Bloomberg are available. Public computers are not available in the Library at this time.

Accessing Materials

Do research online
Library materials available online, such as digitized collections and databases, continue to be accessible. You can use either the EZ Proxy service or the SonicWall Secure Remote Access to connect to the Library. Learn more. You must have an active net ID and password to access electronic Library materials. If you have trouble accessing materials, please report a problem.

Access print collections
Graduate students are welcome to request book pick-up or in-house digitization services. To request an item for pick-up or digitization, click the “Request Pick-up or Digitization” button in the catalog record. You can also access collections in the stacks during a Study-Browse appointment. 

Access your course reserves
Access your course reserves by logging into Blackboard or Canvas and clicking on the “Reserves” menu item. If a professor indicates in the syllabus that an item is available at the Library, this often means that the item is not on reserve but rather that you can search for the item on the Library catalog.

For graduate students providing instruction, learn here how to submit a course reserves request.

Borrow materials from other libraries 
Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan are up and running. To check the status of a request, please email ilsborr@princeton.edu

Research Assistance

Get specialized support
Services such as Data & Statistical Services, the Stokes Visualization Hub, and the Maps and Geospatial Information Center remain available for consultations remotely. Also available is an 8-month Research Data Stewardship Program designed for early-career researchers.

Apply for publication funding
PUL’s Open Access Publication Fund aims to help Princeton authors, especially graduate students, junior faculty, and researchers in the humanities and social sciences, underwrite publication charges when publishing in fee-based Open Access publications when no other funding sources are available. Applications for funding are now open

Find your subject librarian
Librarians are available to help you remotely through Zoom for research consultations. Contact your subject librarian to schedule a consultation. 

Explore new research tools
The Library provides access to numerous research tools that help you save time and 

  • Anywhere Access, a browser extension that provides one-click full-text PDF access to open access and library-subscribed content
  • Overleaf, an online, collaborative scientific writing and publishing tool that helps speed up the process of writing, editing, and producing scientific papers
  • Zotero, a citation manager that saves your sources with bibliographic information and creates works cited, bibliographies, or references page for you

Ask Us
If you have a question and aren’t sure who to ask, you can chat with us or send us an email

Library Videos: instructional, informational, past events and more

Explore Library videos through Media Central
As videos containing instructional and informational content as well as past events and presentations are developed by the Library, they are archived and made available through Media Central channels.

Circulation & Accounts

Return books
All fines are currently suspended, but please continue to renew your materials as necessary. Books may be returned to a book drop at any library location, regardless of the library in which the book usually resides. If you have a large number of books to return, please email the Circulation Desk at fstcirc@princeton.edu to arrange for an appointment. Likewise, if you will not be returning to campus and need to return books, please email fstcirc@princeton.edu and they will advise you on the procedure. 

Confirm account is in good standing 
If, for a leave of absence, you need a letter to verify that your library account is in good standing, please email the Circulation Desk at fstcirc@princeton.edu, who will send you an email as confirmation.

Library Happenings

Join library events and workshops
Browse our Events and Workshops page to view upcoming virtual library webinars, events, and workshops.

Work at the Library
Graduate students are eligible to work physically or remotely at the libraries. Please see the student employment website for available job postings. 

Stay in touch
Subscribe to the PUL e-newsletter to learn more about Library initiatives, resources, and events. 

Virtually visit Firestone Library
Explore the inside of Firestone Library with this video.

Enjoy from home
The Library provides many subscriptions or collections that students can enjoy from the comfort of their own home: 

New Students

New to Princeton University? View our checklist for new graduate students and our Graduate Student Guide to the Library