Firestone Library

Firestone Library

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Exterior of the Firestone Library
Students in the Firestone Library

Since its founding, the library at Princeton has grown from a collection of 474 volumes in one room of Nassau Hall to more than 11 million holdings in approximately 12 buildings throughout the campus. Considered one of the largest open-stack libraries in existence, the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library functions as the main library on campus and assumes primary responsibility for the humanities and social sciences. Home to Special Collections, it also houses treasures such as the autographed manuscript of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and the papers of Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Mario Vargas Llosa.

In the Firestone Library lobby and open to the public, the Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery highlights the library's collections while also drawing upon complementary collections from campus partners and institutions. Please note: at this time, the Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery is closed. For digital exhibitions, visit the Digital Princeton University Library website.

Access to most areas of Firestone requires a valid Princeton University campus identification card with photograph. Researchers and scholars not affiliated with the University are welcome to use many Firestone collections under certain conditions, although non-affiliated researchers may be subject to a fee for access or borrowing privileges. All visitors are advised to consult with the Access Office at (609) 258-5737 for details prior to arrival. Please note: at this time, access to Firestone Library is limited only to University students, faculty, and staff.

Specialized services within Firestone include:

Please note: at this time, Special Collections is not available. Check back for updates. Use of collections in Special Collections by visiting researchers requires registration, including the presentation of photo identification (e.g., a driver's license). Appointments are not necessary, with the exception of the Scheide and Cotsen Children's Libraries. 

Consult Firestone Floor Plans and Call Number Information to locate collections and services in Firestone Library.

Firestone History

The Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library opened in 1948 as the first large American university library constructed after World War II.  Roughly 1.5 million volumes were moved during the summer of 1948 from Pyne and Chancellor Green Halls, which until then had served as the University's main library. The library building was expanded in 1971 and again in 1988 and currently has more than 70 miles (110 km) of bookshelves, making Firestone one of the largest open-stack libraries in existence. Though not the largest university library in the world, the library has more books per enrolled student than that of any other university in the United States.

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Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms are currently unavailable. If you have questions, please email refdesk@princeton.edu.

Tiger Tea Room

The Tiger Tea Room at Firestone Library is currently closed. For more information, visit the Campus Dining website