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2020-2021 Visits

The Special Collections Reading Room is open with limited on-site consultations by appointment only. At this time, this option is only available to University faculty, students, and staff who are authorized to be on campus.

Please be aware that many of our policies and procedures have changed in direct response to the current situation. These changes are designed to ensure the safety of our staff and the Princeton community in this moment.

Most notably, it is now required that patrons make an appointment to visit the Reading Room to view collections. 

Making an Appointment

To make an appointment, please complete our Ask Us! form. It is helpful for us to know your research needs so we can ensure that on-site review of materials is the best option. We will follow up with you via email.

For collections found in Firestone Library an appointment must be made at least 3 business days before your intended arrival date.  

For collections found in the Mudd Manuscript Library, patrons must make an appointment at least 7 business days before your intended arrival date. Mudd Library is currently undergoing a scheduled renovation, and the collections are stored in an off-site facility. These materials can now be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room in Firestone Library. The last date to make an appointment to use Mudd materials is January 6, 2021.

What to Expect

Patrons will need to request materials in advance of their appointment. Requests will be paged and ready when you arrive. Please only request the amount of material you think you can reasonably review during your appointment time. We will not be able to page new materials while you are here. Materials can be requested through our online catalog or finding aids database. If you have any questions about this process, Ask Us!

All visitors must follow University Health Guidelines and PUL Social Protocols while in Firestone Library.

  • Masks are required at all times.
  • Please maintain a social distance of at least 6 ft from others.
  • You may be in the reading room during your appointment with another researcher. 

When you arrive, please place all of your personal belongings in a secure locker outside of the Special Collections suite. You are welcome to bring your own laptop, cell phone, digital camera and pencil. We have paper and pencils available for notetaking.

We understand that visiting the Special Collections Reading Room during this time will be a different experience, and may affect your research goals and workflows. Please know that we will continue to assist with digitization and research support in whatever ways we can.  

Please do not hesitate to complete our Ask Us! form, so we can answer your questions and concerns, and assist you with any research needs.