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Conducting Research

Accessing the Reading Rooms

Please note: At this time, due to COVID, the Special Collections reading rooms are only open to members of the Princeton University community who have access to campus buildings. As of August 30, 2021, there is no need to make an appointment. We look forward to the day when we can again welcome all researchers back to the library. 

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.