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Hours and Access Rules

Regular departmental hours

Fall/Spring Semesters
. Starting with Fall 2009 semester
Monday to Friday:9-4:45


Summer 2009
August 2009
Monday to Friday:8:45 - 4:15


The Exhibition Gallery, the Leonard Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts, and the gallery for the Cotsen Children's Library are also open Saturday-Sunday, Noon-5:00 p.m.

Holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections are open to Princeton University students, faculty, staff, and visiting researchers. The collections are non-circulating and are used only in designated reading rooms. Readers must register on their first visit and agree to abide by departmental regulations for the handling and citation of materials in collections. If you are a first time reader, please have available currently valid photo ID, such as a driver's license incorporating a picture, a passport, or an academic ID. Notes must be taken in pencil. Laptops are permitted. Permission must be granted for the use of cameras, tape recorders, and other special equipment. Personal photocopiers and scanners are not allowed. Smoking, drinking, and eating are prohibited in all areas. Materials are to be handled with care and returned in the order and condition in which they were received. Many items are unique, rare, valuable, and fragile. Accordingly, use is under strict supervision, and access may be limited by the curator. Personal articles will be inspected as readers leave the Department's reading rooms.

Reading room practice:
. Books, manuscripts, and other items from the collections to be returned to desk 15 minutes before closing.
. No new requests one half hour before closing.
. Manuscripts can be held on reserve for 24 hours.
. Books can be held on reserve for two weeks.

For the full set of rules, click here.

. Procedures for Classroom Use of Materials in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including 'Classroom Registration Form'

. Classroom Use

. Media Use of Special Collections Facilities

. Policy on use of digital cameras in the reading room


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2001 Princeton University Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Email: rbsc@princeton.edu 
Tel: (609) 258-3184
Fax: (609) 258-2324

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