Privileges for Members of the Friends of the Princeton University Library

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 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.

Friends of Princeton University Library

Princeton University Library extends courtesy Access to Firestone Library and other library branches to the Friends according to the following policies:

All Friends Membership Categories (Annual, Contributor, Associate, Sponsor, Patron and Benefactor):

Friends who maintain membership at these levels are offered a 1-day pass at no cost which may be picked up in the Access Office in Firestone Library. Five (5) passes are available each day. These passes must be reserved in advance or in advance on the day of the visit by contacting the Access Office ( or 609-258-5737). These 1-day passes may be returned to Firestone Security (or branch library circulation desk) upon leaving the library for the day.  Note: Members of the Friends who are alumni of Princeton University already qualify for a free annual access card. Please visit the Access Office to pick up your card.

Legacy policy regarding members of the Friends since July 1981 continues. Per a policy established when turnstiles were first installed in Firestone lobby, individuals who have been members of the Friends of the Princeton University Library continuously since July 1981 may apply for a free annual access card.

See Access Office schedule and hours.

Annual Access Cards and day passes entitle the holder to enter Firestone and all branch libraries (including their building entrances). The holder may use general collections located on site and electronic resources available at public computers in those libraries. (Note: a small number of electronic resources are not available to walk-in patrons due to license restrictions.)

Access does not including borrowing privileges. Collections at remote facilities (Annexes or ReCAP) are not available to those with an Access Card, and can only be requested by those with borrowing privileges. Consult the Access Office about purchasing Borrowing privileges.

Remote access to electronic resources is only available to current Princeton University faculty, staff and students. Licenses with vendors and publishers prohibit remote access by guest patrons even though they hold Access or Borrowers Cards. A limited number of electronic resources are available to Princeton alumni remotely through TigerNet access.

See Princeton Alumni Online Resources.