Architecture Library Services

Architecture Library

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For a full description of all library services, including Borrow Direct and Article Express, please see the dropdown menu under the "Library Services" at the top of this page.

Circulation Policies

Faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate seniors may borrow any circulating materials from the Architecture Library for a period of one academic term while all other undergraduates may borrow up to 10 titles at a time for a period of one academic term. Videos circulate for a five-day period. Reference materials, periodicals, Librarian's Office, and restricted ReCAP collections will not circulate. Books are no longer charged to patron carrels or faculty offices; all materials are charged to the individual patron.

Reserves & Circulation: Materials placed on “traditional” reserve are located behind the SOA Library circulation desk and are available for 3-hours at a time. Failure to return a book by its due date/time will result in a $1 fine for every hour the book is overdue. E-Reserves are available through the course Blackboard Site. If you have trouble accessing any e-reserves, please contact the SOA Library for assistance.

Fines: General collection materials generate fines of $.25/day for every day a borrowed book is overdue. Recalled books generate $1/day fines for every day overdue; reserve books generate $1/hour fine for every hour the reserve book is overdue. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, patrons will be billed for a non-negotiable processing fee of $50.00 plus the replacement cost of the book. (Replacement fees vary depending on availability of the book.) Should a patron amass $20.00 or more in fines, the account is blocked. Until the patron resolves some or all of the fine, he/she will not be able to check out or renew books.

Reserves and E-Reserves

Faculty can reserve materials for students enrolled in classes listed or cross-listed with the School of Architecture (SOA). SOA reserve requests should be sent directly to the SOA Library via email or in person during business hours. The SOA Library is located on the second floor of the SOA Building and library staff can be reached at 609-258-3256.

What can I place on reserve? Journal articles, book chapters, sound recordings, e-books, and films (DVD/VHS) are digitized and posted to the course’s Blackboard site. Books, personal copies, or course packs may be placed on reserve at the SOA Library circulation desk for 3-hour loan period. We will purchase any materials on a list not available in the PUL collection. *Please note that Marquand books cannot be placed on reserve in the SOA Library.

How do I submit my list? Faculty and departmental staff should send their reading lists in Word format (no PDF please) with course number to the SOA Library via email. For any e-reserves, please indicate when the readings need to be available to students. With enough lead time, we try to have all class readings processed at the start of term but occasionally need to stagger the processing. For those materials that we need to purchase, please provide as much bibliographic information as possible.

When should I submit my list? To guarantee timely processing of items, please submit lists for each course at least a month before the needed date. This is particularly important if we need to recall a book from a patron  – a process which can take up to two weeks. Processing materials (and obtaining copyright clearance, if applicable) may also take a considerable amount of time.

Help! I am late submitting my lists! Reserve lists will be processed in the order in which they are received. If the new semester is imminent or classes are already in session, contact the SOA Library with your list as soon as possible in order for the first few weeks’ readings to be promptly prioritized in the processing queue. We will also make every effort to rush order and process materials not in the PUL collection.

What should I know about Princeton University Library’s Copyright Policy? E-reserves are password-protected and are to be used only by students enrolled in courses for which these materials have been assigned. These materials must not be copied or distributed for any purpose not permitted under copyright law. For information regarding the scope and nature of copyright protection and the limits of the “fair use” exemption, please consult the University's Copyright website

Student Carrels

Student Carrels: UES has discontinued the assignment of study carrels to SoA Seniors working on their theses and MArchs in the final semesters of their programs. These spaces are available for casual patron use on a daily basis. Materials left in or on carrels will be reshelved at the end of each day.

Marquand’s Architecture Reading Room: This room is on A-Floor of the Marquand Library and is reserved for the use of SoA students. SoA PhD students may request the use of a carrel in that room. Contact Rebecca Friedman for more information and availability. All students may register for one of the hold shelves in that space. Please refer to the following policies and procedures.