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How can I access Princeton University Library Special Collections?
Princeton University Library welcomes all researchers to its Special Collections reading rooms.
Special Collections visitors to the Firestone Library, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Marquand Library, and East Asian Library are required to create a Special Collections Research Account. After you have registered for a research account, you may select material in preparation for your visit using the request tabs located next to individual box, folder, and catalog records in the Princeton University Catalog and the Princeton University Finding Aids. Our website has a list of databases and resources specific to Special Collections. Please note: Some Special Collections material is housed in our off-site shelving facility, ReCAP, and must be requested at least three business-days in advance to make certain the material will be available upon your arrival.
Princeton faculty, students and staff must bring their TigerCard when visiting for access to the reading rooms. Patrons not affiliated with Princeton must visit the Access Office in Firestone to get a RBSC ID card prior to their arrival. You will need to bring a valid ID and have a photograph taken in order to get this card. Researchers are welcome to bring pencils, cell phones, cameras, and laptops. Researchers may need to request permission to take photographs in person prior to taking photographs.
Reading Room Hours
- Firestone Library Special Collections
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
- Please note, beginning mid-March to June 2, 2020, access to collection materials from Mudd Library will be extremely limited due to a collection move for an impending renovation. After June 3, 2020, Mudd Library collection materials will be accessible from the Firestone Library Special Collections suite. All researchers must schedule their visit at least 2 weeks in advance. Please visit our website for more information about the renovation.
- Marquand Library Rare Books
- East Asian Library and the Gest Collection