Faculty FAQ regarding book pick-up and in-house digitization services

What Library services and resources are available right now?  What is the timeline for reopening?

Starting June 8, we will have contact-free pick-up services at Firestone with branch libraries following shortly thereafter. The library website will show the hours for pickup, and patrons are expected to keep social distancing in mind while waiting in line to pick up items. Other services will be added gradually with advice from University administration. Please check the Library website for details on the banner.

When can I use the Library’s physical spaces (e.g. browse for books, use study carrels)? 

We do not have a specific date for opening up library spaces for browsing and studying, and these arrangements will need to follow University protocols for social distancing.

What safety precautions is the Library taking?

The Library is following the “Princeton Playbook: Phased Resumption of On-Campus Summer Operations,” issued by the Princeton University Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).

Who is the librarian assigned to my field/subject? 

Please look up your subject specialist at https://library.princeton.edu/staff/specialists and email refdesk@princeton.edu with any questions. Many interdisciplinary fields are served by more than one librarian, and our expertise is widely distributed.

How do I know if a book is available physically and/or digitally and how can I request digitization for an item? 

You can look up the book in our catalog, and the record will indicate if it is available already as an e-book or in an online format. You can request digitization of a specific print item by clicking on the "Request Pick-up or Digitization" button and following the instructions, or email lib-requests@princeton.edu.

How do I integrate digital materials with Blackboard and Canvas? 

Your subject specialist (at https://library.princeton.edu/staff/specialists) can help you think about integrating instructional materials into your Blackboard and Canvas courses. They can help you find high-quality online materials, and can also guide you on the copyright and accessibility aspects of choosing reading materials for your course. The library reserves staff will take care of digitizing or finding e-books for your required reading list.

How do I access online articles/journal subscriptions through the Library? 

The library has a vast collection of online databases. A good place to start is https://library.princeton.edu/research/databases. For articles, you can search Articles+.

How can I pick up books and other materials from the Library? 

Beginning June 8, contact-free pick-up service will begin. Book pick-up requests can be made via a link on the online catalog pages. You will then be notified with instructions on when and where to pick up books. Library locations will not be open to the public or patrons. Patrons will not be allowed beyond the designated pick-up areas. Social distancing and wearing a face covering/mask will be required for picking up books. Library staff will also be following social distancing and other protocol requirements as outlined by the CDC, state, and University. Please check the library website for announcement updates.

How do I return books? 

You can bring items to the Firestone book drop as long as you do not have a large number of items. Please see further details on our website. 

How do I renew?

You can renew your items online. Go to the library website and log in at top right to access your library account. Contact us at https://library.princeton.edu/ask-us with any difficulties.

Is there a books-by-mail delivery service?

We are exploring options for mail deliveries.

How will libraries facilitate the transfer of materials between universities and in and out of the U.S.? What is the impact on Borrow Direct and ReCAP? 

We expect that access to services such as ILL and BorrowDirect will take some time to reopen. They depend on the reopening schedules of other institutions, and the timelines are quite different across states and countries. ReCAP is scheduled to be back online when Firestone re-opens, with circulating items from ReCAP to be picked up through the contact-free pickup service.

Transfer of material across international lines will be challenging.

Is there a space for undergraduate students to study together virtually?

Many campus entities are hosting virtual online study sessions for students. Please see the FAQ at https://mcgraw.princeton.edu/undergraduates/covid-19-updates-learning-program-faqs-undergraduate-students-spring-2020.

How is the Library supporting undergraduates working on junior papers and senior theses? 

Our subject librarians are liaisons to Princeton’s academic departments and programs and are available to work with undergraduates completing their independent work. Students can request research consultations via Zoom and request appointments.

How can I access senior theses or dissertations when I’m advising senior theses and junior papers?

Please use the Princeton VPN at http://vpn.princeton.edu/ to access Princeton dissertations at https://library.princeton.edu/resource/4193, and this will give you free access. You can also access other dissertations by using the Princeton VPN to access Proquest Dissertations at  https://library.princeton.edu/resource/4034. For Princeton University Senior Theses, see: https://faq.library.princeton.edu/a.php?gid=1059&qid=11167.

How will I stay informed about updates to Library services? 

Your subject specialist is a good person to contact. You can also browse the library website for general announcements.