Access to Collections

We welcome Princeton University students, faculty, staff, and visiting researchers to explore the holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The collections are non-circulating and are used only in designated reading rooms.

Readers must register on their first visit and agree to abide by departmental regulations for the handling and citation of materials in collections. If you are a first time reader, visiting either Firestone or the Mudd Manuscript Library, you will be required to obtain an access pass in the Access Office, located in the lobby of Firestone Library. Please have available a currently valid photo ID, such as a driver's license incorporating a picture, a passport, or an academic ID. 

Notes must be taken in pencil. Laptops are permitted. Permission must be granted for the use of cameras, tape recorders, and other special equipment. Personal photocopiers and scanners are not allowed. Smoking, drinking, and eating are prohibited in all areas. Materials are to be handled with care and returned in the order and condition in which they were received. Many items are unique, rare, valuable, and fragile. Accordingly, use is under strict supervision, and access may be limited by the curator. Personal articles will be inspected as readers leave the Department's reading rooms.