Princeton undergraduates have access to a world-class academic research library with millions of books, journals, manuscripts, and microforms; tens of thousands of electronic journals, digital texts, sound recordings, musical scores, DVDs, and videos; and over a thousand online databases covering all fields of human knowledge. The Library's website is a 24/7 gateway to information resources and services. More importantly, librarians are always available in person, or by phone, e-mail, or IM to help students find relevant information and reliable print or online sources among this wealth of materials.
The Princeton University Library includes a central building, the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library, the Lewis Science Library, and eight other branch libraries, plus two off-campus storage facilities. Most of the humanities and social science collections are in Firestone, one of the largest open-stack libraries in the world. The Lewis Science Library consolidates research collections and expert staff for the physical, life, and behavioral sciences. Except for materials that need special protection due to rarity or fragility, books and journals in all Princeton libraries are housed on open shelves, allowing users to browse and discover sources on their own.
Staff throughout the library system, including subject specialists representing all the major academic disciplines, are available to guide students through the various phases of the library research process. Within Firestone, staff at the central reference desk provide on-the-spot help or in-depth research consultations by appointment. This major service point is the best place for beginning undergraduates to start any library project. Other areas within Firestone house periodical and reserve collections, data and statistical support services, microforms, and depository collections for New Jersey, the United States, United Nations, and European Union official documents.
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, whose holdings are available to undergraduates for their research, is also within Firestone. Among its special strengths are early printed and rare books; children's illustrated books (plus games, puzzles, and educational toys); a graphic arts collection; historic maps; prints and photographs; and the correspondence and literary manuscripts of a wide array of 19th- and 20th-century English, American, and Latin American authors. The Public Policy Papers and University Archives, located in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, include the collections of major figures and organizations devoted to 20th-century American domestic and foreign policy, as well as memorabilia and material related to University history.
With origins dating to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the world's leading university art museums with collections of more than 80,000 works of art that range from ancient to contemporary art and concentrate geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America. Committed to advancing Princeton's teaching and research missions, the Art Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for visitors from around the world. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, the Art Museum offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art, and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture.
Special exhibitions are presented throughout the year and include many coordinated with the curriculum of the Department of Art and Archaeology. The Art Museum encourages faculty from all disciplines to take advantage of self-guided tours and other opportunities to interact directly with works from the collections. Undergraduate and graduate students can become actively involved in the Museum through internships, the student guide program, work study, and volunteer opportunities.
The Art Museum hosts weekly events ranging from lectures and exhibition openings to live music and sketching in the galleries. For a current schedule of events, please see our events calendar.
On view throughout the University campus is the John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture, including works by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, and Pablo Picasso. Visit the mobile-friendly website to explore the collection through interactive maps, artist biographies, and audio recordings by curators and conservators.
Princeton students are given access to a varied and powerful computing environment supported by the Office of Information Technology (OIT). The cornerstone of student computing is Dormnet, a fiber-optic-based network that brings a high-speed data connection into every undergraduate dorm room on campus; wireless service provides access to the network throughout the campus. All undergraduates residing on campus are able to take advantage of this connection to Princeton and Internet resources.
The University, working with strategic computer vendors, offers a Student Computer Initiative (SCI), a program that provides students the opportunity to purchase a specially-configured laptop computer at competitive prices. SCI computers are configured for the Princeton environment and are fully supported by OIT's support services, providing the quickest resolution to problems and warranty repair when needed.
All students can take advantage of a full range of OIT support services. The Support and Operations Center offers technology help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by telephone, online chat, and e-mail. Residential Computing Consultants (RCC) provide assistance in campus dorms. The Solutions Center, located in the Frist Campus Center, offers a variety of technology-related services. It includes the Tech Clinic, where students may receive in-person software and hardware support for their computers and selected mobile devices. The Tech Clinic also arranges for computer repair from the hardware repair center. Across the hall is the OIT Store, where students may purchase specially-priced software and computer accessories, and Student Telephone Services.
Students have access to many computers in more than 40 OIT-supported campus clusters. High-quality printing is also available at the clusters, and over the campus network from students' own computers. Software on cluster computers includes basic productivity tools such as word processors, special software needed for the many classes in which computing is integral to learning, and sophisticated programs for use in research, and specialized media editing software.
Each student receives a netID, an identifier that allows the use of Princeton e-mail and access to the campus network for central printing service and specialized resources such as the online library systems. Multiple high-speed connections to the Internet permit students to take full advantage of the wide range of networked resources.
Additional OIT services include support in the use of selected software packages, maintenance of the University Humanities Resource Center (HRC) and video library, and support for instructional technologies in classrooms and over the campus network. Clusters around campus provide students with access to high-speed resources, such as streaming video, for use in language and other courses. The New Media Center (NMC) provides state-of-the-art computing resources and walk-in consulting support in the digital media technologies.
A course management system server (Blackboard) provides a web page for every University course. OIT provides a number of information-access servers, including web servers, on which students can have their own web pages.
Foreign language and educational programming and selected cable TV channels are broadcast over the campus network to dorm rooms on a subscription basis, and to public viewing rooms, classrooms, and the Humanities Resource Center.
OIT also provides Tiger Voice, a service that unifies student voicemail and e-mail allowing students to forward Princeton calls to their mobile phones and receive voicemail in their e-mail inboxes.
For information about campus and network resources, contact OIT's Support and Operations Center at (609) 258-4357 (258-HELP) or visit the OIT website.
The Survey Research Center (SRC) is a resource for Princeton students, faculty, and administration. The center has 12 telephone interviewing stations; a library of questionnaires, books, and journals; and an advanced self-service utility for designing and managing web-based surveys and online experiments. The SRC provides guidance on study design, sampling, and project management for students who are completing senior theses, junior papers, or class projects that require collection of original survey data. SRC was established in 1992 with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The center's main facility is at 169 Nassau Street.