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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 15 special libraries. Its holdings include more than 6.5 million books, 6 million microforms, 36,000 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 2006–07 was approximately $42 million, which included more than $17 million for acquisitions.

The University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum is used extensively as a teaching resource. Its collections and exhibitions include artifacts of the ancient world (including rare Pre-Columbian, classical, and Far Eastern objects); paintings and sculpture of the Renaissance, modern Europe, and America; important collections of prints, drawings, and photographs; and a collection of 20th-century sculpture displayed throughout campus.

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 can access the campus network and the Internet in dormitories and around campus. Students also have access to workstations in clusters. OIT’s support for academic endeavors includes the Blackboard course management system, TIGRESS high-performance research computing center, an instructional technology New Media Center, the Language Resource Center, and the Educational Technologies Center. OIT also provides administrative information systems, audiovisual services, centralized printing and mailing services, computer hardware repair, coordination and training for distributed campus computing support personnel, software purchases, the University’s telephone system, a walk-in solutions center, and help desk assistance in the use of these resources.