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 Study-Browse Service through the online reservation system. Princeton University students and faculty with an active PUID can book one of the 17 available seats from 15 minutes to four hours when the library is open, for a maximum of 40 hours per week. The Library remains closed to the public and other patrons; however research assistance is available virtually, and the Stokes Viz Hub is offering remote consultation services for digital research, data visualization, and qualitative analysis.

Guidelines and Procedures for Visiting Stokes

  • Only patrons with confirmed reservations will be permitted to enter the Library.
  • Face masks are required.
  • Users must maintain a distance of six feet from others at all times.
  • Users will be encouraged to check in upon arrival. Library staff will open the door and then move to a safe area, after which the user may enter. 
  • All users must sanitize their space before and after use. Materials will be provided.
  • Browsing the stacks is restricted to one user per row at a time, 
  • Scanning is available; however, printing will not be available in the library.
  • Materials may be charged out by bringing them to the circulation desk.
  • Please leave any books that have been handled, but not charged out, on the carts so Library staff can shelve them.

For questions about visiting Stokes, send a message to

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

PUL will not provide print course reserves this semester. Library staff will assist faculty in identifying ebooks and online versions of the necessary course readings.

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. 


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