Updated June 25, 2021
Please note: PUL will continue to limit access to Library locations to Princeton University faculty, students, and staff with activated card access to buildings through the end of August. For patrons affiliated with a member of University faculty, graduate student, or staff, a small number of exceptions may be possible on a case-by-case basis. To submit a request for consideration, please complete the form available through the EHS website and send it to Please include the collections to be accessed by the visitor. Allow three business days for review of requests.

Visiting the Library

University alumni are always welcome in the Library and may apply for an access card in the Access Office. An access card will be provided at no cost for a five year renewable period. 


Alumni who wish to borrow books may purchase borrowing privileges for 50% of the standard borrowing fee for visitors. The fee for borrowing is set annually, in July, and is subject to change. Visiting alumni may not borrow more than 50 items in total at a time. Please note that the item due dates will be superseded by the expiration date of borrowing privileges. The length of borrowing privileges for alumni varies depending on the collection. 

4-week loan: Architecture, East Asian, Engineering, Firestone, Furth Plasma Physics, Lewis, Mendel Music, and Stokes

Non-circulating: Firestone (CDs and DVDs), Marquand, ReCAP (CDs, DVDs, VHS)

Contact the Access Office in Firestone for more information at (609) 258-5737. 

Online Resources

University alumni may access most of Princeton’s electronic resources from any campus library while visiting Princeton. Alumni have remote access to a selected suite of library-licensed electronic resources for personal, non-commercial use. See Online Resources for Alumni for details. Access is available from anywhere via login with TigerNet NetID and password.

Giving Back

Friends of the Princeton University Library

Members of the Friends of the Princeton University Library make a vital contribution to the strength of the University’s collections, to the educational experience of its students, and to scholars and collectors throughout the world. 

Donation of Materials

Princeton University Library welcomes gifts of books, manuscripts, and other materials that are deemed to be within the scope of its collection. Gifts are accepted which meet the collecting guidelines established to support the University's teaching and research or to add core material of scholarly research interest. We are deeply grateful to all of our donors, who for more than two and a half centuries have generously given books and other library materials to Princeton University.