Projects and Platforms

Digital Collections and Initiatives

Projects and Platforms

Princeton’s rich set of digitized material is available through several portals, all of which are complementary applications to Princeton’s online catalog and finding aids. Both the catalog and the finding aids are the main discovery platforms for all content available in the Library’s Digital Repository (Figgy).

Online Catalog

The online catalog is the main application patrons use to search and browse our collections. It combines items from our Voyager Library Integrated System, partner materials/collections from ReCAP Shared Collection, and theses and dissertations from DataSpace. When content is available in Figgy, a digital object viewer is displayed on the item's catalog page.

Finding Aids

Use this site to explore descriptions of our unique holdings at Princeton University Library, which include manuscripts, archival collections, images, ephemera, and much more one-of-a-kind materials.

Digital PUL

Built on a platform collaboratively developed with peer research institutions, Digital PUL is a collections showcase, that provides a new interface for our ever-growing number of thematic digital collections and exhibitions as well as accompanying content from librarians, curators, and other subject experts. Digital PUL draws content from Figgy, which enables users to customize metadata display, highlight featured items, and build rich informational pages.

Digital Maps and Geospatial Data

The maps portal showcases our digital maps and geospatial data. It features a map-based search, popular collections like the Sanborn Maps, and integration with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools. The digital object viewer displays maps and geodata from Figgy.

Digital Cicognara Library

The Digital Cicognara Library is an international initiative to digitally recreate the remarkable private book collection of Count Leopoldo Cicognara (1767–1834). Though assembled in the Romantic era, Cicognara’s collection of some five thousand early imprints still comprises the foundational literature of art and archaeology.

Digital PUL Curated Collections Program

The Digital Princeton University Library (DPUL) Curated Collections Program allows Princeton faculty, students, and staff to use digitized special collections material to create small-scale digital exhibits of 10 to 15 items arranged around a theme. This theme can be based on genre, subject, time period or any other cohesive vision the collector imagines. Although selections may not reflect the complete story that PUL collections can tell on a given subject (after all, the material is limited to the digital collection), Curated Collections are meant to serve as an introduction to a topic and an entry point to the breadth of material held by PUL’s Special Collections. This is a program designed to inspire curiosity, showcase new perspectives, and encourage creativity across the Princeton Community using Special Collections. What story do you want to tell?

Contact Emma Sarconi, Reference Professional for Special Collections at for more information.

Ephemera Collections

The vast majority of the materials in these collections are otherwise unavailable primary resources which document ongoing processes of social, political, and cultural change during the 20th and 21st centuries. Learn More

Periodicals and Newspapers

Included in thie collection are highlighted selections of periodicals and newspapers from the collections of Princeton University Library and the town of Princeton, New Jersey, where the University is located. Learn More