Institute for Advanced Study

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.

IAS members: Please contact Marcia Tucker at for information on access to the Library for summer 2021. 

Faculty, members, and staff of the Institute for Advanced Study are eligible to borrow books and other material from the Princeton University Libraries at no cost. IAS members and staff not eligible for a Princeton University identification card (TigerCard) must check in with the Access Office in Firestone Library upon first visit to obtain a borrower's card. Note that the Access Office has more limited hours than do the libraries themselves.

IAS Loan Periods:

Academic Year loan in

East Asian, Firestone, and Mendel Music*

Term (Semester) loan in:

Engineering, Furth Plasma Physics, Lewis, and Stokes (SPR material only)

8-week loan in:

East Asian (bound CJK periodicals only)

4 week loan in:

Architecture*, Engineering, Firestone (Dixon and Travel collections), Lewis (CDs and DVDs), Mendel Music, and Stokes (SPIA material only)

10 day loan in:

Humanities Resource Center

24-hour loan in:

Non-required course reserve collections, East Asian (bound-Western language periodicals only)

3-hour loan in:

Required course reserve collections

Non-circulating in:


*There is a limit of 20 items at a time in Architecture; sound and video recordings will circulate for 4-weeks only to non-Music Department faculty.