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Onsite Services for the Princeton University Community

Members of the Princeton University community who have access to campus buildings are welcome to use the Special Collections reading rooms. We ask that you complete the online registration form to set up your Special Collections Research Account, if you do not already have one. This account is how you will request material to the reading room. There is no need to make an appointment for Princeton students, faculty and staff. We recommend that you register and request materials ahead of your visit, however you are also welcome to do so when you arrive in Special Collections. 

While masks are optional in public spaces in buildings on Princeton’s campus, including the library, we continue to require masks in Special Collections Reading Rooms.

Requesting Materials: You can use the finding aids database or library catalog to find and request materials.  You may request as many items as you’d like and keep them in your account. Materials will be paged upon your arrival to the reading room, and you can let staff know at that time the order you’d like to review the collections. You’ll be able to have 1-6 items at a time at your reading room desk depending on the format. Staff will review with you how best to handle each item during your visit. 

To learn more about what to expect during your research visit, please review our Reading Room Guidelines. You are welcome to take your own digital images of most of the collections. More details can be found on the Digital Camera Use in the Reading Room page. 

If you have any questions or concerns during your visit, do not hesitate to speak with a staff member or send us a message through the Ask Us! form.