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Academic Resources

The 500-acre Princeton campus is a nexus of opportunity for students. A wealth of resources and support services help them get the most out of their time at the University. From first-rate libraries to innovative computer technology, students have access to many tools to explore academic interests.

The Library

The Princeton University Library, one of the world’s most distinguished research libraries, consists of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and nine special libraries. Its holdings include more than 7 million books, 6 million microforms, 49,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and smaller but distinguished holdings of rare books, prints, archives and other material that require special handling. The library’s extensive electronic resources include databases and journals, statistical packages, images and digital maps. The budget for 2011-12 was approximately $59 million, which included more than $28 million for acquisitions.

The Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading art museums, with collections of more than 80,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary, concentrating geographically on Europe and the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas. The museum advances Princeton’s teaching and research missions while serving the local, national and international communities through its collections, exhibitions, and educational and social activities. Founded in 1882 on the belief that the study of great original works of art was essential to higher education, the museum welcomes more than 130,000 visitors each year.

Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) supports the use of information technologies and Internet access for the University’s academic and administrative needs. Princeton’s computing resources are connected to campus fiber-optic and wireless networks and to the Internet. Students’ personally owned computers and mobile devices can access the campus network and the Internet in dormitories and around campus. Students also have access to workstations and academic software in computing clusters. OIT’s support for academic endeavors includes the Blackboard course management system, TIGRESS high-performance research computing center, an audio/video instructional technology New Media Center, the Humanities Resource Center and the Educational Technologies Center. OIT also provides administrative information systems, audiovisual services, computer hardware repair, coordination and training for distributed campus computing support personnel, software purchases, the University’s telephone and unified voice messaging systems, a walk-in computer consultation center, and 24/7 help desk assistance in the use of these resources.