2020-2021 Resources

2020-21 Resources

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Undergraduate Students

Visiting the Library

Princeton University undergraduate students with active NetIDs and card access to university buildings may freely enter library locations to study or browse the stacks. Face coverings are no longer required though people who feel more comfortable with a face covering may continue to do so.

The following services continue to require a reservation so that staff are available to assist you: 

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

If you are an undergraduate student who is not authorized to be on campus this summer, please see our updated visitor policy.

Accessing Materials

Access to print collections
Undergraduate students are welcome to request digitization of materials using the “Request pick-up or digitization” button in the catalog record or request a book pick-up. Book pick-up service is available to undergraduate students who are authorized to be on campus and have an active PUID. Please note: During July 2021, the libary catalog will be updated July 22 through August 2. Learn more.

Access your course reserves
Access your course reserves by logging into Blackboard or Canvas and clicking on the “Reserves” menu item. There are no physical reserve items in any of the libraries. 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.

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.

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 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, but require reservations

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

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

Find your personal librarian
Every undergraduate student at Princeton is assigned a personal librarian, a friendly library expert who can help guide you through the Library. Find yours

Get help with writing seminars 
Each writing seminar is paired with a librarian who assists with research papers. To find yours, visit the Library Resources tab through your Canvas course.

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.

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

Work at the Library
Some undergraduate students are eligible to work at the Library remotely. Please see the student employment website for available job postings. Learn more about applying for jobs in the Library. 

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: 

First-Year and New Students

New to Princeton University? View our checklist for new undergraduate students