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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 the Mudd Library, while the rest of our collections are housed in Firestone Library. The two buildings are both on the Princeton University campus, and less than half a mile from each other.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, Firestone Library has limited access for members of the Princeton community authorized to be on campus. Mudd Library is currently undergoing an extensive renovation, and the building will be closed until at least Spring 2021. Visit the Access to Mudd Library During Renovation page on our website for the latest information on the availability of Mudd collections during that time. For access options to all Special Collections material, please visit the Virtual Services page on our website.
When the library buildings are again fully open, the following information may be helpful as you plan your visit:
Access to Special Collections is free and open to the public Monday through Friday for those interested in visiting for research, exhibitions, and our children’s library (Cotsen Library on the main floor of Firestone). For information and hours of our gallery spaces, please visit the main Library website.
No appointment is necessary, but some of our collections are housed off-site and require advance notice for delivery. Please reference the finding aid or contact us for more information about specific collections.
Those planning research trips should create a Special Collections Research Account to request and view materials. In addition, non-Princeton University visitors who wish to visit Special Collections will be required to obtain a Special Collections ID Card in the Access Office, located in the lobby of Firestone Library. There is no charge for the card, but it is a requirement for access to our reading rooms. On the day of your first visit, please bring a government or school issued ID and visit the Access Office to finalize your registration. Please also be sure to review our Reading Room Guidelines and Policies.
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.