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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

You may book an appointment for yourself using our online scheduling system.


The Special Collections reading room is open Monday-Friday from 9am-4:15pm. For collections found in Firestone Library an appointment must be made at least 3 business days before your intended arrival date. Appointments can be made in increments up to 4 hours. Due to staffing and seating limitations, please only book the amount of time needed to review your requested materials. When you book an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email which includes a link to cancel. If you need to cancel your appointment, we ask that you do so with as much advance notice as possible so we can equitably schedule and staff the space.

Mudd Manuscript Library is currently undergoing a scheduled renovation, and the collections are currently closed to researchers while we oversee their safe return to the newly renovated building. We hope to make these collections available again in September, 2021.

What to Expect

Patrons will need to request materials at least 3 business days in advance of their appointment to allow time for paging and requesting from our off-site facility as needed. 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 optional at this time for vaccinated and unvaccinated researchers.
  • 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.