Updated July 13, 2021

Please note: PUL will continue to limit access to Library locations to Princeton University faculty, students, and staff with activated card access to buildings through the end of August. For patrons affiliated with a member of University faculty, graduate student, or staff, a small number of exceptions may be possible on a case-by-case basis. To submit a request for consideration, please visit the EHS visitor page and complete the form linked on the right. Please note that the Library will need to approve this form, not the sponsor's department head. Send completed forms to and include the collections to be accessed by the visitor. Allow three business days for review of requests.

University alumni are always welcome in the Library and may apply for an access card in the Access Office. An access card will be provided at no cost for a five year renewable period.  Alumni who wish to borrow books may purchase borrowing privileges for 50% of the standard borrowing fee for visitors. The fee for borrowing is set annually, in July, and is subject to change. Contact the Access Office in Firestone for more information at (609) 258-5737. 

University alumni may access most of Princeton’s electronic resources from any campus library while visiting Princeton.  Alumni have remote access to a  selected suite of library-licensed electronic resources for personal, non-commercial use. See Online Resources for Alumni for details. Access is available from anywhere via login with TigerNet NetID and password.

The length of borrowing privileges for alumni varies depending on the collection.  The chart below defines the borrowing privileges for which alumni are eligible.


4-week loan in:

Architecture, East Asian, Engineering, Firestone, Furth Plasma Physics, Lewis, Mendel Music, and Stokes

Non-circulating in:  Firestone (CDs and DVDs), Marquand, ReCAP (CDs, DVDs, VHS)

Visitors may not borrow more than 50 items in total at a time.  Please note that the item due dates will be superseded by the expiration date of borrowing privileges.