Marquand Art Library - Rare Book Use

Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology

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Rare Books

Spring 2021 update: Requests to consult Marquand rare items must be submitted via the library catalog. A three business-day advanced notice is required, and one designated seat is available (to be reserved by Marquand staff). Marquand’s on-site rare collection will be moving out of McCormick Hall starting Feb. 22. Reach out to with questions or concerns about accessing rare materials and apologies in advance if we are not able to fulfill a need due to our imminent move.

Marquand has a distinguished collection of 15th through 21st-century rare books, periodicals, scrolls, facsimiles, and ephemera. These materials appear in the catalog with the locations: SAX Marquand Rare Books and RECAP Marquand Rare Use Only.

A Princeton ID, or a special Rare Books access card is required to use this collection.  All rare book requests must be made online: pull up the catalog record for the item that is needed, and click on the link that reads Request to view in Reading Room in the Library Catalog.  One will be prompted to set up a rare book account, or may enter his/her username and password (netID if a Princeton University affiliate).

The Charles Rufus Morey Rare Books Room is located on the 1st Floor of Marquand behind the reference desk. Advanced notice of your visit is recommended; the online system for rare book requests allows for a particular day and time to be selected but rare books will not be pulled until one's arrival. NOTE: In-process rare items--designated as such or lacking a call number--are not physically located in Marquand. These items may need at least a week's notice to physically locate.


Classroom Registration Form (For Group/Class Visits)

  Use the Classroom Registration Form

Digital Cameras

Digital cameras may be used in Marquand Library with certain restrictions:

  • Only cameras (not cases) may be brought into the reading room.
  • All photography will be conducted using ambient lighting. No tripods or flash are allowed. 
  • Patrons may not stand on chairs or the table, or rearrange furniture to obtain a better image.
  • Photographs are for personal study purposes only and cannot be reproduced; transferred to any other individual, institution, or collection; exhibited; performed; broadcast; published; posted on the Internet; or used commercially without the express written permission of Marquand Library.