SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF FIRESTONE LIBRARY: Academic year 2001-02
takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. ]
1. Front lobby
2. Past the entrance guard
Access Office - all inquiries
about passes & borrowing privileges; register your laptop here.
Cotsen Children's Library Gallery
& Research Collection - Research collection of more than 22,000
items, including children's books from all countries and time periods,
together with a permanent interactive exhibit intended to teach children
about the art of the written word and illustration.
Exhibition Galleries the first
floor gallery leads to the reception area for the Department of Rare Books
and Special Collections and to the Librarys administrative offices; just
above is the Leonard Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts, the Visual Materials
Division's reading room, and the Library Human Resources office.
Circulation (on the right) -
where you check out books; place holds, recalls, and traces; pay fines;
request material from storage annexes.
Information Center (opposite
Circulation) for assistance with how to use our catalogs and where materials
are located; when in doubt about where to begin, ask here.
Trustee Reading Room housing
the General and Humanities Reference Collection
here you will find general encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, periodical
indexes, and other tools, plus specialized reference works for Philosophy,
Religion, Language & Literature, History, Anthropology, Education,
African-American Studies, Women's Studies, and area studies. At the
round desk just inside the room, you can seek assistance with using a wide
variety of print and electronic resources. Reference librarians will
help you determine what the Princeton University Library holds to support
your work, and will advise you about all stages of information identification
and retrieval, from fact checking to complex research design. There are
electrical and data outlets in the base of the table lamps so you can plug
in laptop computers.
Library Web Computers you see
on this floor and throughout the building allow access to the Library's
catalogs, to catalogs and web sites elsewhere at the University and throughout
the world, to scores of bibliographic and reference tools in electronic
format to which the Princeton University Library subscribes, and over two
thousand full-text scholarly journals. (Please note that Microsoft
Office applications are not available on Library Web Computers. There
are a few machines, provided by Computing and Information Technology, on
B floor where Princeton University students, faculty, and staff can use
Word, Excel, etc., but in general you should plan to use your own equipment
for writing papers and analyzing data.)
Main Catalog - unified electronic
catalog for all campus libraries, accessible via the Internet with the
locations and circulation status are indicated for each item; for older
materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, use vernacular card catalogs
in the Gest Oriental Library.
Supplementary (Card) Catalog
(cabinets occupying the back half of the first floor) records for items
cataloged before 1980; almost entirely superseded by the Main Catalog.
DeLong Room - Reading room housing
the Dixon Collection of current popular books.
Floor (take the elevators or use the main staircase):
Collections - Latin and Greek
Literature, Philosophy, Religion.
African-American Studies Collection
(3-9-D) - reading room & core collection on all aspects of African-American
history and life.
Floor (one level below the lobby):
Collections - General Social
Science, Economics, and Statistics.
Current periodicals - recent
issues of several thousand magazines, periodicals, and scholarly journals
are arranged by title along the left side of the study area; earlier issues
are either bound and shelved by call number elsewhere in Firestone, or
are available in the Microforms Service.
Science Reference Center (next to the elevators) - wide range of materials
to support research in Economics, Law, Politics, Industrial Relations,
and Sociology; United States & New Jersey documents; United Nations
Collection; European Union depository; documents & statistics from
many multinational & international agencies; 1990 census data; electronic
resources to support research in these areas; reference librarians to assist
with all aspects of social science research; the Data and Statistical Services
unit, which provides access to numeric data and consultation about statistical
analysis, is part of the Social Science Reference Center.
Reserve Services (through the
turnstile opposite the main staircase) houses required and recommended
readings for current undergraduate courses; items on reserve are listed
in a separate file within the Library's Main Catalog, and material is charged
out at the counter; the study area is open late at night Sunday through
Thursday when the University is in session.
Current newspapers - recent issues
are shelved in the middle of the Reserve stack area; older issues are either
on microfilm in the Microforms Service, available via the Internet, or
we can attempt to borrow microfilm from another institution; consult reference
Interlibrary Services (enter
from the main corridor outside Reserve Services) - inquiries about materials
needed for research that are not available at Princeton; reference librarians
in any campus library can also assist you with placing a request.
Statistical Data Lab (A-7-C;
down the corridor beyond Interlibrary Services) - for personal consultations
about data analysis; specialists are available for both drop-in assistance
and by appointment.
Floor (two levels below the lobby):
Law, Modern Languages and Literatures, Politics, and Sociology; books in
Photographic Services (opposite
the main stairs) - assortment of copiers plus staff to answer questions
about any kind of photoreproduction; place to purchase copy cards and get
change during regular business hours.
CIT-sponsored public computing facility
(B-4-K) Windows and Mac machines, all connected to a nearby laser printer;
these have a full menu of applications, just as other CIT clusters on campus.
Since these computers are intended for Princeton students, faculty, and
staff, so you must enter your NetID and password to use them.
Floor (three levels below the lobby):
Collections bound general periodicals,
General Science, History, United States Congressional and British Parliamentary
documents; bibliographies; small collections in Art, Education, and Library
Science; books and bound journals from the former Near East Collections
in Jones Hall in Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.
Microforms Service (to the left
off the main staircase) 35mm microfilm reels, microfiche, microprints,
microcards; some full-text CD-ROMs; spoken-word cassettes; copiers take
either dimes or copy cards; staff available at all times.