Before You Visit

Travel Information

General travel information can be found on our Visit Us page.  If you are planning a research visit to our special collections reading rooms, please continue reading to ensure you make the most of your time here.

Registration and Reading Room Access

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is open to the public. No appointment is necessary, but visiting researchers must register for a Special Collections Research Account in order to use our holdings.  First time users can beging the registration process here.

In addition, non-Princeton visitors using either Firestone Library or the Selley G. Mudd Manuscript Library will be required to obtain an RBSC ID Card in the Privileges Office, located in the lobby of Firestone Library.  There is no charge for the card, but it is a requirement for access to our reading rooms. Please bring a valid photo ID to finalize your registration in the Privleges Office.

Reading Room Hours and Policies

Fall/Spring Semesters Monday to Friday: 9-4:45 
Summer 2014 · Monday to Friday: 8:45 - 4:15 

You may also want to review our Reading Room Guidelines and Policies before you visit.

Requesting Materials and Access Restrictions

You may want to contact us with your needs in advance to make sure that we can make your trip worthwhile.  For example, some materials need to be paged from our off-site storage facility (RECAP).  These materials can take up to 48 hours to arrive, so you will want to request these ahead of time.  Also, some collections are under embargo and, at the request of the donor, are not available to the public at the moment. For more on requesting material, see: Starting Your Research