Visitors

Visitor Access & Borrowing

Princeton University Library welcomes visitors to use its collections on-site. Visitors are encouraged to contact the office prior to making travel arrangements, as the Access Office has more limited hours than do the libraries themselves. Call the Access Office at (609) 258-5737 or email access@princeton.libanswers.com. For access to Firestone Library and Mudd Manuscript Library, you will need to show a photo ID. 

Free access is available to: 

  • Alumni and their guests
  • Faculty from other institutions of higher education
  • Students and staff from institutions that belong to the Association of Research Libraries and the SHARES consortium
  • Faculty, members, and staff of the Institute for Advanced Study
  • Faculty and students from Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Friends of Princeton University Library members
  • Princeton Public Library members (through PPL's museum pass program)
  • Government document depository collection readers

Paid access is available to:

  • Faculty, staff, and students from institutions not qualifying for free access
  • Independent researchers and scholars
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Corporate borrowers

Access Fees

Fees are set annually, in July, and are subject to change.

Access for Individuals

  • $37 per week
  • $74 per month

Access and Borrowing for Individuals

  • $200 per quarter
  • $800 per year

Access and Borrowing for Non-profit Organizations

  • $640 per card, per year

Access and Borrowing for Corporations

  • $3,200 per year for two transferable cards
  • $1,450 per additional card, per year

Access Privileges

Bearers of access cards may use our collections on-site. They are not eligible for certain library services, such as tracing missing books, using DVD, VHS and reserve material, requesting items through interlibrary loan or borrow direct, retrieving books that have been received but not yet processed. They may also use most electronic resources on-site (see Visitor Access to Electronic Resources). Remote access is limited by licensing agreement to current Princeton University faculty, staff and students.

Borrowing Privileges

A borrower's card provides both access and borrowing privileges for a non-refundable fee. Borrowing privileges may be purchased upon presenting two forms of identification, one of which must contain a photograph, to staff in the Access Office. Copies of the identification documents are kept on file.

Bearers of borrower cards are not eligible for certain library services, such as using DVD, VHS and reserve material, requesting items through interlibrary loan or borrow direct. They may use most electronic resources on-site (see Visitor Access to Electronic Resources). Remote access is limited by licensing agreement to current Princeton University faculty, staff and students. 

Loan Periods

The length of borrowing privileges for visitors varies depending on the collection. Loan periods for all visitor groups, except the Princeton Theological Seminary and the Institute for Advanced Study, are indicated below.

4-week loan in:

Architecture, East Asian, Engineering, Firestone, Lewis, Mendel Music, and Stokes

Non-circulating in:

Firestone (CDs, DVDs, VHS), Marquand, ReCAP (CDs, DVDs, VHS)

Visitors may not borrow more than 50 items in total at a time. 

Continuance of Library privileges is dependent on observance of Library policies and regulations. Please see Circulation Policies for general information about borrowing privileges.