Visit Us


The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is divided between two buildings, the Harvey S. Firestone Library and the Seeley G. Mudd Library.  Researchers interested in Princeton University records and Public Policy papers will likely want to visit the Mudd Library, while the rest of our collections are housed in Firestone Library.  The two buildings are both situated on Princeton University campus, and are just a short walk from each other. 

Public Access

The Main Gallery and Mudd Gallery are open to the public from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, The Main Gallery at Firestone is open 12am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, while the Mudd Gallery is closed.  The Cotsen Children's Library is open to the public and often hosts children's events.  Rare Books and Special Collections wecomes all researchers to its reading rooms. No appointment is necessary, but some of our collections are housed off-site and require advance notice. Those planning research trips should consult Before You Visit.

Getting to Campus

Princeton University, located in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey, welcomes visitors to its historic campus.

An excellent transportation network of bus, rail and highways puts Princeton within easy reach (an hour or less) of major urban centers: Philadelphia and Trenton to the south, Newark and New York to the north. International airports are located in Philadelphia, Newark and New York. Bus and train stations to these cities are adjacent to campus. 

Full details on travel are found here on the University's website.  You may also want to consult our campus maps.


Free visitor campus parking

Visiting Mudd Library, metered parking is located on Olden and William Streets and Prospect Avenue. 

Visiting Rare Books and Special Collections at Firestone Library, metered parking is located on Nassau Street.


Researchers on extended visits have the choice of numerous hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfast accommodations in the greater Princeton area. Few, however, are within walking distance. For more information about local hotels, see the Travel Guide page for Princeton or this hotel listing by Princeton Online.


For information on local restaurants, check out the Student Guide to Princeton's restaurant guide. A map of those restaurants can be found here. Additional information on area restaurants can be found on the Shop Princeton web site section on restaurants.