Visiting Firestone Library

Visitors are welcome to view and work with the collections at Firestone Library. Access to our on-site collection is free for all. 

We are able to offer unlimited access to individuals with the following affiliations:

  • Alumni and their guests
  • Visitors to Special Collections
  • Guests of Princeton students, faculty, and staff
  • Institute of Advanced Study members and scholars
  • Faculty, staff, and students at Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Faculty, staff, and students who are part of the ARL, SHARES, or BorrowDirect consortia
  • Members of Friends of Princeton University Library (see note*)
  • Individuals attending conferences held at Princeton University
  • Prospective students and their families

Individuals who fall into one of the above categories do not need a reservation and should visit the Access Desk upon arrival to get their access card or day pass. 

We are able to admit 25 visitors a day who are: 

  • Faculty, staff, and students at an institution not affiliated with the above consortia
  • Independent researchers
  • Community members

Visitors who fall into one of the above categories DO need a reservation. You can reserve ahead of time to guarantee access, or you may do so at the Access Desk upon your arrival. Please note that you will need a photo ID to get your day pass. Visitors who book a day pass need to arrive during the open hours of the Access Desk. Please note that all visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Make a reservation.

Friends of Princeton University Library note: 
Legacy policy regarding members of the Friends since July 1981 continues. Per a policy established when turnstiles were first installed in Firestone lobby, individuals who have been members of the Friends of the Princeton University Library continuously since July 1981 may apply for a free annual access card.

Today's Hours

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