Resources for Graduate Students

Graduate Students

New Students

New to Princeton University? View our checklist for new graduate students.

Explore the Graduate Student Guide to PUL.

Use technology

Printers and scanners are available at all Library locations. 

Access Materials

Do research online
Library materials available online, such as digitized collections and databases, are accessible online. You must have an active net ID and password to access electronic Library materials while off campus, please review our page "Using the Library Off-Campus" for intructions. If you have trouble accessing materials, please report a problem.

Access print collections
Graduate students are welcome to request book pick-up or in-house digitization services. To request an item for pick-up or digitization, click the “Request Pick-up or Digitization” button in the catalog record. 

Access your course reserves
Access your course reserves by logging into Canvas and clicking on the “Reserves” menu item. If a professor indicates in the syllabus that an item is available at the Library, this often means that the item is not on reserve but rather that you can search for the item on the Library catalog.

For graduate students providing instruction, learn how to submit a course reserves request.

Borrow materials from other libraries 
It's free to borrow material from other libraries using the Library's Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan services. To check the status of a request, please email

Research Assistance

Get specialized support
Consultations are available with Data & Statistical Services, the Stokes Visualization Hub, and the Maps and Geospatial Information Center. Also available is an 8-month Research Data Stewardship Program designed for early-career researchers.

Apply for publication funding
PUL’s Open Access Publication Fund aims to help Princeton authors, especially graduate students, junior faculty, and researchers in the humanities and social sciences, underwrite publication charges when publishing in fee-based Open Access publications when no other funding sources are available. Applications for funding are now open

Find your subject librarian
Librarians can provide research consultations in person and remotely through Zoom. Contact your subject librarian to schedule a consultation. 

Explore new research tools
The Library provides access to numerous research tools that help you save time and 

  • Anywhere Access, a browser extension that provides one-click full-text PDF access to open access and library-subscribed content
  • Overleaf, an online, collaborative scientific writing and publishing tool that helps speed up the process of writing, editing, and producing scientific papers
  • Zotero, a citation manager that saves your sources with bibliographic information and creates works cited, bibliographies, or references page for you

Ask Us
If you have a question and aren’t sure who to ask, you can chat with us or send us an email

Library Videos: instructional, informational, past events and more

Explore Library videos through Media Central
As videos containing instructional and informational content as well as past events and presentations are developed by the Library, they are archived and made available through Media Central channels.

Circulation & Accounts

Return books
Fines continue to be suspended with the exception of reserves and recall items. Please continue to renew your materials as necessary. Books may be returned to a book drop at any library location, regardless of the library in which the book usually resides. If you have a large number of books to return, please email the Circulation Desk at to arrange for an appointment. Likewise, if you will not be returning to campus and need to return books, please email and they will advise you on the procedure. 

Confirm account is in good standing 
If, for a leave of absence, you need a letter to verify that your library account is in good standing, please email the Circulation Desk at, who will send you an email as confirmation.

Library Happenings

Join library events and workshops
Browse our Events and Workshops page to view upcoming library webinars, events, and workshops.

Work at the Library
Graduate students are eligible to work physically or remotely at the libraries. Please see the student employment website for available job postings. 

Stay in touch
Subscribe to the PUL e-newsletter to learn more about Library initiatives, resources, and events. 

Virtually visit Firestone Library
Explore the inside of Firestone Library with this video.

Enjoy from home
The Library provides many subscriptions or collections that students, faculty, and staff can enjoy from the comfort of their own home: