Undergraduate Students — Fall 2021
First-Year and Transfer Students
New to Princeton University? View our checklist for new 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. The seat reservation system is no longer in effect. Social distancing is no longer required. Face coverings are required at all times by all patrons, including faculty, students and staff during use of Library classroom spaces.
The following services continue to require a reservation so that staff are available to assist you:
- Firestone microforms (email@example.com)
- Marquand carrels
- PUL MakerSpace
- Licensed database terminals
For information on accessing Special Collections, including booking an appointment in the reading room, please visit the department's website.
Reserve Space in the Library
The Library offers a variety of reservable study and creation spaces throughout our locations. To reserve a space you will need an active Net ID. If you have questions about reserving any of the spaces, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Study Rooms
Private Study Pods
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.
Access your course reserves
Access your course reserves by logging into Canvas and clicking on the “Reserves” menu item. There are physical and digital reserve items available. 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.
Printers and scanners are available at all Library locations. Specialized computers offering databases such as Datastream and Bloomberg are available, but require reservations.
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. (Beginning Aug. 30, subject specialists will be available in person.)
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.
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
All fines will continue to be suspended this fall, except for Reserves and Recall items. 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 email@example.com to arrange for an appointment. Likewise, if you will not be returning to campus and need to return books, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, who will send you an email as confirmation.
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.
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, faculty, and staff can enjoy from the comfort of their own home: