Loan Periods/Fines for Firestone 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.

All Princeton University faculty, staff and students, their spouses, partners and dependents are eligible to borrow reserve material. Users must present a University ID card, with current year validation, in order to borrow items. Visitors, access patrons, and guest borrowers may not borrow reserve material. The following loan periods pertain to the Firestone Library Reserve collections. 

For Undergraduate Courses:

Required readings (3-hour loan) Overnight loans begin three hours before the Circulation Desk closes and are due one hour after opening the following day. Request at the desk by call number. 

Optional readings (24-hour loan) Due before the Circulation Desk closes the following day. Request at the desk by call number. 

For Graduate Courses:

Graduate Study Room reserve books (overnight loan only) To be used on premises during the day; available for overnight charge only. Overnight loans begin three hours before the Circulation Desk closes. These items are due one hour after the desk opens the following day. 

Fines for Overdue Firestone Reserve Items

Required readings 
$1/hour, or portion thereof; max. $15/item
Optional readings  
$3/day; max. $15/item
Grad. Study Room items 
$1/hour, or portion thereof; max. $15/item
$6/hour, or portion thereof; no maximum fine
$10/day, or portion thereof; no maximum fine


Non-returned items are subject to replacement and lost item processing fees

iPads not returned in 10 days will be considered lost and a bill for replacement (of $599.00) plus standard processing fees ($50.00) will be issued. The borrower is responsible for any loss of or damage to the device while it is in his/her possession. 

For further information about overdue penalties and lost item fees, please see the Circulation Services pages of the Library website.

Please Note:

Loan periods and other policies vary between Library branches. Please consult a branch library website for further information