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Starting Your Research

Accessing the Reading Rooms

Princeton University Library welcomes all researchers to its special collections reading rooms. Special collections readers in the Firestone Library and Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library are required to create an account to submit online requests to consult special collections material.  Research accounts allow researchers to maintain a record of requested and viewed material.  The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library will be undergoing an extensive renovation that will begin in March 2020 and is expected to conclude in January 2021. Visit our website for the latest information on the availability of our collections during that time.

Finding Material

The Department of Special Collections has a wide variety of online reference tools that describe its holdings in varying degrees of detail. While these tools take different forms, ranging from descriptive guides to collection- and item-level bibliographic records, their purpose is to describe and, in some cases, digitally reproduce the material in our collections.

Requesting Library Services

The department offers a wide range of library services, from assisting with research and publications to managing university records.

Ask a Question

If you can't find the information you need on policies, procedures, and services or specific topics and collections, just ask us.