Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology Relocation Project

Updated January 4, 2020.

The Marquand Art & Architecture Library is preparing to relocate to Firestone Library in spring 2021, in advance of construction planned for the new Princeton University Art Museum and McCormick Hall. Below, find relevant updates regarding the transition. Dates and moving schedules are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

Hours for Study-Browse Appointments: 
January 4 - March 12, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Friday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Beginning March 13, 2021 (the start of spring break), the Marquand Library building will be closed. From March 13-21, 2021, all services will be unavailable and transferred to Firestone Library's Scribner Library and West Atrium Reading Room, located on C-floor. We will reopen in our new spaces on March 22, 2021. The Marquand special collections vault materials and browseable stacks collections will move on a rolling basis from February through May. The following dates should help you plan your use of our services over the next few months:


Digitization Services: We will continue accepting and fulfilling regular digitization requests except for March 13-21, 2021, when we will be closed for all services. We will notify patrons in advance if this date changes.  

Reference and Instruction Services: We will continue offering in-person and virtual reference and instruction services throughout the spring semester, except March 13-21, 2021, when we will only provide limited virtual services. 

Special Collections View Appointments, Public Services, & Teaching with Collections
February 22 - March 5, 2021: All Marquand vault materials, oversized folios, elephant and super elephant sized folios will not be available for viewing or use in teaching. 
Beginning March 8, 2021: Special collections and oversized materials will be available for viewing in the Firestone Library's Special Collections Reading Room. Teaching with Marquand’s special collections will be available in our new classroom located on the B-floor of Firestone Library or in designated classrooms in Firestone Library's Special Collections.

Study-Browse Appointments and Public Services
March 22, 2021: Public services resume in Firestone Library's Scribner Library and West Atrium Reading Room, located on the C-floor, including viewing of requested materials (as available), access to public scanners (COVID-19 restrictions may still be in effect), assigned study shelves, print reserves, and in-person reference services. 


All browseable Marquand stacks materials will be moved over eight weeks (March 22 - May 14) with limited availability of items in transit. Items in transit will be unavailable for delivery and scanning for approximately one week. 

Beginning March 22, 2021, through the return to the renovated Marquand Library in 2025, Marqand stacks materials will be searchable in the PUL online catalog and available for scanning, or delivery for viewing in Marquand’s Firestone spaces, through the online request and retrieval system.  

Marquand stacks materials stored in ReCAP will only be unavailable for scanning and delivery from March 13-21, 2021. Marquand ReCAP items will be available for viewing in the Firestone-Marquand Scribner Library and West Atrium Reading Room beginning March 22, 2021. 


June 2021: Construction begins on the new Princeton University Art Museum and McCormick Hall.

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Written by Holly Hatheway, Head, Marquand Library of Art & Archaeology

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications