Stokes Library

Stokes Library

Today's Hours

For summer, holidays or recess hours, please consult the full schedule.

Contact Us

Phone: (609) 258-5455
Fax: (609) 258-6844
The Stokes Library is located in Wallace Hall
Students in the Stokes Library

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Stokes Library Access During COVID

Stokes Library is open for use by Princeton University students, faculty, and staff with an activated PUID. The Library remains closed to the public and other patrons. A very small number of visitor requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To learn more about Princeton University Library’s visitor policy please visit this page.  

Research assistance is available virtually. For remote access to Stokes Viz Hub’s computers follow these instructions.   

Guidelines and Procedures for Visiting Stokes 

  • Materials may be charged out by bringing them to the circulation desk. 

  • Books that have been handled, but not charged out, should be left on the carts for shelving by Library staff. 

  • Patrons are encouraged to sanitize their space before and after use. Sanitizing material is provided.  

  • Patrons are encouraged to maintain social distancing while browsing the stacks. 

Book Pick-Up Service will continue to be offered at all library locations. We recommend using this service to help us minimize traffic into Library spaces. 

PUL offers an In-House Digitization Service that allows Princeton students, faculty, and staff to request digitization of articles or chapters in print book collections.  

For questions about visiting Stokes, please send a message to


Stokes Library, located on the lower level of Wallace Hall, is the primary point-of-contact for Library Services for the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Reserves and the Office of Population Research (OPR). In addition to housing the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs ReservesAnsley J. Coale Population Research Collection, and the Stokes Viz Hub, the Stokes Librarians and Staff work closely with faculty and students to provide:

  • Virtual Reality Support
  • Data visualization and digital qualitative analysis support
  • Classroom instruction
  • In-depth, one-on-one research consultations
  • Bibliographic management software guidance
  • Assistance with NIH Public Access Policy compliance for OPR affiliates
  • Reserve materials processing
  • Document delivery

The comfortable, well-lit library offers quiet study space, stand-up desks, collaborative study rooms, an electronic classroom and book scanning facilities, along with work stations for specialized quantitative and qualitative research. If you would like assistance, please contact a Stokes Librarian. We are happy to assist you!

The Ansley J. Coale Population Research Collection

Crowd of peopleThe Ansley J. Coale Population Research Collection, serving the Office of Population Research, houses an extensive collection of demographic materials. The collection contains more than 40,000 bound volumes, as well as over 15,000 reprints, technical reports, manuscripts, and working and discussion papers. Sixty percent of the collection consists of worldwide statistical material (censuses and vital statistics). The collection also contains international censuses through 2009 on over 4,000 reels of microfilm. Subjects collected include: formal demography (fertility, mortality and immigration), population policy, family planning, epidemiology, child and public health, and health statistics.

The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Reserve Collection 

Princeton School of Public and International Affairs BuildingThe Princeton School of Public and International Affairs is primarily served by the Stokes Public and International Affairs & Population Research library, which is part of the University's extensive library system and is located in the lower level of Wallace Hall. It provides reserve materials in support of both graduate and undergraduate studies, and houses a core collection of books, journals, and research materials that supplements the Social Sciences collections at Firestone.


The Donald E. Stokes Library is located on the lower level of Wallace Hall.

From OFF Campus:

From Nassau Street (Route 27)- Turn onto Washington Road (Route 571 East). At second light, turn left onto Prospect Street. Wallace Hall is behind  the third building on left (stone facade). Metered street parking is available.

From Route 1 South - Turn right onto Washington Road (Route 571 West). At third light, turn right onto Prospect Street. Wallace Hall is behind the third building on left (stone facade). Metered street parking is available.


Electronic Classroom
Group Study Room
Microfilm/fiche Reader
Printers (B&W)
Study Carrels