PUL Phased Resumption of On-site Services and Remote Resources Updates


Sept. 25, 2020: Borrow Direct to resume on Sept. 28

Borrow Direct will resume incrementally beginning Sept. 28. The following schools will also be participating: Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Yale. Materials in HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service held in partner libraries will not be available to borrow. Kindly note, Firestone Library will be the only pick-up location. Learn more about Borrow Direct.

Sept. 4, 2020: Access to collections in graduate student study rooms now available

Starting September 4, the graduate study rooms in Firestone will be accessible to authorized graduate students and faculty as part of our reservation-based Study-Browse Service. Time in the study room is limited to a 10-15 minute visit to gather books from non-circulating collections, or other books from your assigned carrel. Patrons are required to bring selected items back to their reserved seat to read. All handled materials will need to be placed on a return-book cart after use. Handled materials will be sequestered for 24 hours before being returned to the study room.

Please note that we regularly seek and receive feedback from faculty and students about our services and appreciate hearing from you. We have received requests for longer periods of access to the graduate study rooms and will continue to explore ways to address that need. This page will be updated as information evolves. See frequently asked questions.

Aug. 27, 2020: PUL extends hours for fall term

Beginning Aug. 31, all library locations will be open for study and browsing by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments to reserve a seat for study and browsing can be made through the online reservation system by Princeton students and faculty with active PUIDs who are authorized to be on campus. Seats can be reserved for up to eight hours in half hour increments.

Book pick-up hours will be between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at all circulating Library locations. Patrons will receive a confirmation email when their books are ready for pick up. For more information: Book Pick-up Service.

Aug. 24, 2020: Online access to millions of books from PUL's print collection resumes through HathiTrust emergency access service

In response to the needs of an increased number of students and faculty researching, teaching and learning remotely this fall, we are pleased to announce the resumption of the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) beginning Aug. 31. Learn more.

Aug. 20, 2020: Special Collections launches fall services

Special Collections (SC) is expanding its virtual reference service this fall. In addition to email and phone reference, faculty, students, and other researchers can review materials in real time with PUL staff via Zoom or receive assistance with research. The SC digitization program will continue to provide the option of receiving digital copies of collection materials. 

Beginning Aug. 24, the Special Collections Reading Room located in Firestone Library will open to a limited number of faculty and staff by appointment. The appointment service is available to faculty and students with active PUIDs who are authorized to be on campus this fall. Special Collections materials housed in Firestone and the Mudd Manuscript Library will be accessible through the Firestone Reading Room on C Floor. Appointments must be made five days in advance for Firestone materials and seven days in advance for Mudd materials. For those interested in visiting the Reading Room, please contact Special Collections via their Ask Us form.

Learn more.

Aug. 13, 2020: Study-Browse service to launch at branch locations on Aug. 17

As of Aug. 17, the Study-Browse service (which launched at Firestone Library on Aug. 10) will begin at the following branch locations: Architecture Library, East Asian Library (seat reservations for study only; browsing to begin Aug. 31), Engineering Library, Lewis Science Library, Marquand Art Library, and Stokes Library. Mendel Music Library will begin the service on Aug. 24. Read more.

August 4, 2020: Study-Browse Service to launch with pilot at Firestone on August 10

Princeton University Library (PUL) is preparing to welcome a limited number of Princeton University students and faculty into library spaces, as outlined in the Library’s resumption of services plan. The Library remains closed to the public and other patrons. Through an online reservation system, Princeton students and faculty with an active PUID will be able to reserve a seat in a designated Library location for a specified period of time.

On August 10, we will pilot the PUL Study-Browse Service, beginning at Firestone Library. The start date of the Study-Browse Service at branches and Special Collections will be announced in the coming days. Only patrons with a confirmed reservation through this system will be permitted to enter the Library; read more.

June 22, 2020: Digitization requests from faculty for reserves or other use in fall classes due by July 24; read more.

June 18, 2020: How to retrieve materials from lockers and carrels; read more.

June 8, 2020: PUL launches book pick-up and in-house digitization services; read more.

May 29, 2020: Library book pick-up service and in-house digitization to begin June 8

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. 

Read more.

May 29, 2020: PUL announces a phased plan for the resumption of on-site services

The plan is consistent with the Executive Orders issued by the Governor of New Jersey developed in close collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and other campus partners to assure alignment with the University’s requirements for a safe restart of campus operations.

See the full plan.

May 15, 2020: Special Collections launches Virtual Visits.

May 1, 2020: PUL releases new information and instructions regarding book returns; read more.

April 8, 2020: PUL launches Remote Spotlight series, featured on PUL's news page and social media (Twitter, FB, Instagram)

Spotlight Remote is a feature series highlighting the new ways in which Princeton University Library staff are working with our patrons and community in a remote environment. 

April 3, 2020: PUL announces HathiTrust Digital Library temporary access service

In response to COVID-19, HathiTrust Digital Library has made millions of books from PUL'S print collection available online for all Princeton students, faculty, and staff. The Emergency Temporary Access Service includes in-copyright material. Read more.

March 23, 2020: Remote workshops and consultations

PUL offers virtual consultation appointments, workshops and seminars. Calendar.

March 23, 2020: PUL creates PUL Support for Remote Research, Teaching, and Learning web page for easy access to online resources

Please be assured that, although our physical locations have ceased operations until further notice, Princeton University Library services continue to be available online. Library staff look forward to working with you remotely to support your research, teaching, and learning.

March 20, 2020: PUL moves to online services only and temporarily ceases in-person operations.

Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to continue to access our services remotely, with support from subject librarians and through PUL's Ask Us service.

March 12, 2020: Meet Our Specialists

PUL launches a Meet Our Specialist video campaign on social media to encourage students to reach out for help in a remote learning environment.

March 6, 2020: PUL launches Featured e-Resource series on news page and social media


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