Top 10 PUL stories from 2019

Posted: Friday, 10 January 2020 - 9:25am

A new era begins at Princeton University Library; Firestone Library transformed into state-of-the-art space after 10-year renovation

Elfers Reading Room

In spring 2019, Princeton University completed the 10-year renovation of the main campus library, the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library, and ushered in a new era for research and scholarship at Princeton.

In collaboration with local community, Princeton University Library starts high school summer internship program

Three students interning this summer, in front of shelves in Firestone Library

In summer 2019, three students from Princeton and Lawrenceville high schools - Jayvee Lam, left, Nabia Evans, center, and Toniyah Harris, right - interned at Princeton University Library in the Library's first-ever summer internship program, learning more about library work and research as well as preparing for their professional and academic futures.

New integrated search enhances access to Library and Museum collections

Student studying in Marquand Library

Princeton University Library and the Princeton University Art Museum launched an integrated discovery capability allowing users to search both institutions’ collections from a unified location. Visitors conducting searches on the Library website now see objects from the Museum’s collections included in the search results, along with other various topic-related Library holdings such as books, journals, archives, maps and geographic collections, digital collections, and databases.

PUL's new exhibition "Gutenberg & After" showcases rare collections on early European printing from Scheide Library and nine other institutions

Gutenberg & After exhibition in the Milberg Gallery

The exhibition "Gutenberg & After: Europe's First Printers 1450-1470" uniquely told the story of the two decades that transformed text production and distribution across Europe, and it was the first exhibition of its kind.

PUL presents exhibition in honor of Toni Morrison at Firestone Library

Toni Morrison exhibition at Firestone Library

As the world mourned the passing of Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate in Literature and Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University, Princeton University Library presented in her memory a selection of first editions, translations, corrected typescripts, and a handwritten first draft of her novels, open through spring 2020.

New campus-wide service will enhance access to research data

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With the goal of making the results of research and scholarship more accessible, Princeton launched a new service, the Princeton Research Data Service, to provide infrastructure and training to University researchers on how best to format and curate data in ways that facilitate long-term storage and discovery.  

Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP) expands scope and membership

Inside ReCAP

In January 2019, Harvard University joined ReCAP, the consortium founded by Columbia University, the New York Public Library, and Princeton University, transforming its original mission from serving as a shared physical repository to becoming a model for shared collection building and management.

Princeton University Library builds collection of local history across the United States

Steve Knowlton working with a student in the Firestone Library Thomas-Graham Reading Room

As Princeton University Library (PUL) increasingly works to ensure further access to diverse intellectual and cultural research for not only Princeton's scholars but also national and international researchers, a librarian at PUL began building a collection of local history from different regions across the United States. Established by Steve Knowlton, the Librarian for History and African American Studies, the project aims to help fill a current gap in collection development created by a steady decline of local library budgets.

Princeton University Library and Campus Dining open Tiger Tea Room in Firestone Library

Tiger Tea Room, Firestone Library, first floor

Located in Firestone Library's first floor, the new and highly anticipated Tea Room offers coffee, tea, assorted bakery items, and a unique service: afternoon tea.

Inside the Milberg Gallery series

Las Antillas Letradas

This series highlights collections included in the exhibitions featured in the Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery.

Compiled by Stephanie Ramírez, Library Communications Specialist and Staff Writer

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications