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Access during COVID
Please note: Due to COVID, the Special Collections reading rooms in both Firestone and Mudd Libraries have limited access for members of the Princeton community who have access to campus building. Information on accessing the collections, both virtually and in person, can be found on the Access Services Page. The Cotsen Children's Library Bookscape Gallery is currently closed, however the collections are available for research. Visit the Cotsen Children's Library website for more information.
The following information may be helpful to you as you plan your visit now or in the future:
Items held by the department of Special Collections can be found in two physical locations: Harvey S. Firestone Library's C-Floor and the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Researchers interested in Princeton University Archives and Public Policy papers can find materials at Special Collections Mudd, while the rest of our collections are housed in Special Collections Firestone. The two buildings are both on the Princeton University campus, and less than half a mile from each other.
Getting to Campus & Accommodations
Princeton University, located in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey, welcomes visitors to its campus. Full details on travel options are found on the University's website, and an excellent transportation network of bus, rail and highways puts Princeton within easy reach (an hour or less) of major urban centers. International airports are located in Philadelphia, Newark, and New York. Bus and train stations to these cities are adjacent to campus.
There are a variety of 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 Accommodations Guide for Princeton or this hotel listing by Princeton Online. For information on local restaurants, check out the Princeton-Mercer Region Restaurants Guide.
- 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.