Visitors

Limited Access Note

PUL is allowing a limited number of visitors with urgent research needs and a connection to the Princeton research community. To submit a request for consideration, please visit the EHS visitor page and complete the form linked on the right. Your sponsor must be a Princeton University faculty member, staff member, or graduate student. Please note that the Library will need to approve this form, not the sponsor's department head. Send completed forms to refdesk@princeton.edu and include the collections that are required to complete on-site research. Allow three business days for review of requests.

Special Collections is accepting appointments for non-Princeton researchers on a very limited basis. Visitors interested in researching within Special Collections must first contact the department through their Ask Us! form. Requests to visit Special Collections will only be considered through this form.


The Library welcomes the use of its collections by scholars, independent researchers, and other individuals or entities not affiliated with the university, under certain conditions. Access and/or borrowing fees may apply (see the specific visitor categories on the left for fee information). Fees are set annually, in July, and are subject to change.

Please visit the Access Office in Firestone Library to obtain access or borrowers cards. 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. See our visitor's page for general information about visiting Princeton University Libraries.  Questions?  Call the Access Office at (609) 258-5737 or email access@princeton.edu

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, Furth Plasma Physics, 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.