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Reference & Research Assistance

We always recommend that researchers personally visit the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room or the Mudd Manuscript Library. However, we know that this may not be possible for some patrons.

Remote users (patrons who do not visit the Rare Books and Special Collections and Mudd Library) have several options.

  • The RBSC and Mudd Library routinely answers basic reference inquiries for patrons. Staff will search up to one hour per request per patron per 12-month period.

  • If the inquiry is more complicated than the norm, we can refer you to a consultant who can conduct research on your behalf for a fee. 

  • If Rare Books Special Collections, Mudd Library and Marquand Library collections are a major component of your research, you may wish to apply for a Library Research Grant. These grants, which have a value of up to $3,500 each, are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant's research proposal but is ordinarily one month.