Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library Renovation Project

Students studying at Mudd Library

Photo by Shelley Szwast, Princeton University Library


Since March 13, 2020 and continuing through May 24, 2021, the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, home to the Princeton University Archives and a collection of 20th-century Public Policy Papers, is undergoing a renovation. We are pleased to have the opportunity to update our public spaces to better serve our researchers while also improving the storage environment for the collections. 

Throughout the renovation, the building, which was constructed in 1976, will be closed. The following dates should help you plan your use of our services over the next few months:


Digitization Services:
December 4, 2020: We will cease accepting regular digitization requests at this time in order to prepare the collections for the move. Digitization services will resume in May 2021.

Reference Services
January 6, 2021:
This is the final date that we can accept reference questions that require access to the materials. This will also be the last day to book an appointment to view materials in the Firestone Reading Room (for Princeton affiliates authorized to be on campus.)

After this date, services will be extremely limited, including reference assistance, as we move the collections from an off-site storage facility back into the building. Please contact us via the Ask Us Form as soon as possible for any anticipated collection needs during this time.

Instruction Services
If you are Princeton faculty interested in using collections housed in Mudd Library for your class during the spring semester, please complete the Virtual Class Sessions form on our website, and we will try to accommodate your request using available digital resources.

May 24, 2021: Proposed time when access to collections for staff resumes.

Due to COVID-19, we do not currently have information on when we will be able to welcome researchers to the reading room. Please stay tuned to the Access to Mudd Library During Renovation page on our website for the most up-to-date information.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing our new space with you soon.

Written by Mudd Manuscript Library staff

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications