Library book pick-up service and in-house digitization to begin June 8

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Princeton University Library (PUL)'s Return Task Force has finalized plans for the phased resumption of on-site library services beginning with two priority services which will provide access to library materials for Princeton University faculty, researchers, post docs, and graduate students. The two priority services are book pick-up and in-house digitization and will begin the week of June 8 with Firestone Library providing the first available pick-up location in a designated area. Branches will follow during that week. 

Library locations will not be open to the public or patrons. Patrons will not be allowed beyond the designated pick-up areas. Social distancing and wearing a face covering/mask will be required for picking up books. Library staff will also be following social distancing and other protocol requirements as outlined by the CDC, State and University. Beginning June 8, book pick-up requests can be made via a link on the online catalog pages. This phased resumption of specific services is in line with current state guidance. The BorrowDirect service continues to be suspended at this time.

These steps are part of the process President Eisgruber detailed in his message to the community of May 4 regarding Princeton’s research and teaching enterprise in light of COVID-19.

Please note that beginning June 8 when the PUL book pick-up service begins, access to the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) will no longer be available to PUL faculty, students and staff. ETAS was established to provide temporary online access to millions of books from PUL's print collection, including in-copyright materials, while there was no access to our physical collections.

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Faculty FAQ regarding priority services

Grad Student FAQ regarding priority services

Video: How to request to pick up or digitize a book

Video: How to pick up a book in-person at Firestone Library

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