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The Department of Special Collections is divided between two buildings, the Harvey S. Firestone Library and the Seeley G. Mudd Library. Researchers interested in Princeton University records and Public Policy papers will likely want to visit the Mudd Library, while the rest of our collections are housed in Firestone Library. The two buildings are both situated on Princeton University campus, and are just a short walk from each other. 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.
The Main Gallery at Firestone Library and Mudd Gallery are open to the public from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, The Main Gallery at Firestone is open 12am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, while the Mudd Gallery is closed. The Cotsen Children's Library is open to the public and often hosts children's events. Special Collections welcomes all researchers to its reading rooms. No appointment is necessary, but some of our collections are housed off-site and require advance notice. Those planning research trips should consult the Before You Visit page.
Getting to Campus
Princeton University, located in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey, welcomes visitors to its historic campus.
An excellent transportation network of bus, rail and highways puts Princeton within easy reach (an hour or less) of major urban centers: Philadelphia and Trenton to the south, Newark and New York to the north. International airports are located in Philadelphia, Newark and New York. Bus and train stations to these cities are adjacent to campus.
- Free visitor campus parking
- Visiting Mudd Library, metered parking is located on Olden and William Streets and Prospect Avenue.
- Visiting Special Collections at Firestone Library, metered parking is located on Nassau Street.
Researchers on extended visits have the choice of numerous hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfast accommodations in the greater Princeton area. Few, however, are within walking distance. For more information about local hotels, see the Accomodations Guide for Princeton or this hotel listing by Princeton Online.
For information on local restaurants, check out the Princeton-Mercer Region Restaurants Guide.