Visiting Faculty, Students, and Academic/Professional Staff

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.

Individuals from other Institutions of Higher Education may visit the Access Office in Firestone Library to obtain access or borrower 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.  Questions?  Call the Access Office at (609) 258-5737 or email


  •  Visiting faculty from an Institution of Higher Education will receive free access privileges.
  •  Standard fees apply for borrowing privileges, with the exception of affiliates of BorrowDirect Plus institutions (see below).

 Students and Academic/Professional Staff:

  •  Affiliates of the ARL (Association of Research Libraries) and the OCLC SHARES Program Libraries will receive free access privileges.  For participating institutions, see the SHARES and ARL lists.
  •  Standard fees apply for borrowing privileges, with the exception of affiliates of BorrowDirect Plus institutions (see below).

 BorrowDirect Plus Users:

 Short term Onsite Borrowing privileges without fee will be available for faculty, students and staff from the BorrowDirect Plus institutions listed below:

 Identification required:

 Faculty, students and academic/professional staff must present a currently valid ID card from the institution to which they are affiliated.

 Access Fee:

 $37 per week

 $74 per month

 $320 per year

 Access and Borrowing Fee:

  $200 per quarter

  $800 per year

 * Bearers of borrower cards are not eligible for certain library services, such as using 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.