The Study-Browse Service at Princeton University Library allows Princeton faculty, students and staff with an active PUID and who are authorized to be on campus to reserve a seat in a designated space at the on-campus libraries for up to eight hours at a time in half hour increments.
Patrons are also welcome to browse physical collections during their reserved seat time. Selected books must be taken back to reserved seats for study and research. To minimize traffic in stacks, please conduct your catalog searches before visiting library spaces to familiarize yourself with the location of the books you are interested in browsing.
If you are unable to make a reservation, please contact your department to confirm you are authorized to be on campus and your PUID is activated.
"No wait" reservations coming soon!
Beginning February 1, 2021, reservations can be made in 4-hour blocks for up to 20 hours per week. We will offer "no wait" reservations at 15-minute increments: book a seat and come in at the next nearest 15-minute time slot. Reservations must be made prior to entering a library location and can be booked up to 7 days in advance. If you reach your 20-hour limit in a week and need more time, please email email@example.com. Kindly note, there is a 1-hour gap between 4-hour blocks to allow for taking a meal break; the Library's no-food policy will be strictly enforced in support of adhering to health and safety protocols.
The service is available in the following library locations:
- Architecture Library
- East Asian Library
- Engineering Library
- Firestone Library
- Lewis Science Library
- Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology
- Mendel Music Library
- Stokes Library
All library locations are currently open for study and browsing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please make reservations no later than the evening prior to your visit. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions. Evening and weekend hours will begin Feburary 1.
Following social protocols - wearing a face covering at all times, maintaining a social distance of six feet, and frequent handwashing - is mandatory while visiting library spaces. Protocols may vary from location to location.
Access with reservation only
Only patrons with confirmed reservations will be permitted to enter the Library for the Study-Browse Service. We will not be able to accommodate requests for seat reservations or access to our stacks for anyone who does not have an active PUID and is not authorized to be on campus.
To ensure the health and safety of patrons and staff, public printers, scanners, and computers are not available at this time. Please submit scanning requests through the "Request for Pick-up and Digitization" button found on an item's catalog entry page. Specialized computers accommodating certain programs are available. Please contact individual library locations to inquire. Office of Information Technology offers printer clusters at locations on campus.
Food and beverages
No food is permitted in Library spaces. This will be strictly enforced to ensure adherence to health and safety protocols. Beverages with lids are permitted.