Study-Browse Service to launch at branch libraries

Trustee Reading Room student studying with mask on

Trustee Reading Room, Firestone Library


Updated Aug. 13, 2020: Princeton University Library (PUL) launched a new service, the Study-Browse Service, on Aug. 10 with a pilot at Firestone Library. In addition to Firestone, the Study-Browse Service will be available at the following branch locations beginning Aug. 17: Architecture, East Asian (seat reservation for study only; browsing to begin Aug. 31), Engineering, Lewis, Marquand, and Stokes. The service will begin at Mendel on Aug. 24. The Library remains closed to the public and other patrons. 

During the fall term, graduate students and faculty, as well as the select undergraduate students returning to campus, who have an active PUID, can log into the online reservation system to book a seat for an available time slot in a designated space within our on-campus libraries (up to 2 hours per reservation). Please make your reservation no later than the evening prior to your visit. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions. 

For hours per location, please visit the reservation system and browse each location for available hours. 

Patrons are welcome to browse physical collections during their reserved seat time. Patrons are required to take selected books back to their reserved seat for study and research. To minimize traffic in stacks, please conduct your catalog searches prior to visiting Library spaces to familiarize yourself with the location of books you are interested in browsing.

Additional details and information regarding protocols will be published on this page as soon as they are available. Protocols may vary from location to location. Patrons will be guided through check-in, browsing, finding their reserved seat, and check-out by staff (at a social distance) and through signage. Following social protocols, including wearing face coverings at all times, maintaining a social distance of six feet, and frequent handwashing, is mandatory while visiting Library spaces.

The Special Collections Reading Room will also open on Aug. 24 with seats available by appointment; learn more

Please check back for updates regarding this service.

Kindly note the following:

  1. Only patrons with confirmed reservations will be permitted to enter the Library for the Study-Browse Service. We will not be able to accommodate requests for seat reservations or access to our stacks for anyone who does not have an active PUID and is not authorized to be on campus. 
  2. Book pick-up service will continue to be offered at all locations. We recommend you use this service if possible. Please check with individual branches regarding book pick-up hours and service details. (Marquand is a non-circulating library and does not participate in the book pick-up service.)
  3. PUL will not provide print course reserves this fall. Library staff will assist faculty in identifying ebooks and online versions of the necessary course readings. PUL expects to launch an online view-only service for copyrighted materials requestable for on-demand digitization from the catalog. Details will be available soon.
  4. To ensure the health and safety of patrons and staff, public printers, scanners, and computers are not available at this time. Please submit scanning requests through the "Request for Pick-up and Digitization" button found on an item's catalog entry page. Specialized computers accommodating certain programs are available. Please contact individual library locations to inquire.

If you have any questions, please email

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