Course Reserves

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.


The Library's Course Reserves Service allows instructors to set aside books, films, or sound recordings for class use, or make articles or book excerpts electronically available through Canvas. Reserve lists typically include required and recommended reading for Princeton courses. Firestone and most PUL branches provide course reserves services; see guidelines on placing reserves requests.


Access your instructor's physical course reserve list as well as the electronic reserve readings by using the buttons to the right. Physical items placed on reserve at any of the PUL locations circulate for a much shorter period of time and incur heavier fines if returned late.

Materials available through the e-reserves system are password protected and are to be used only by enrolled students in connection with the course for which the materials have been assigned. These materials must not be copied or distributed for other purposes except as permitted under copyright law. For more information, see the copyright page.