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. 

Special Collections no longer requires appointments to visit the reading rooms. Researchers are welcome to join us during our open hours.

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, Lewis, Mendel Music, and Stokes

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

Visitors may not borrow more than 25 items in total at a time. Please note that the item due dates will be superseded by the expiration date of borrowing privileges.