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Stokes Library - Spring 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I have been assigned a research project and am not sure where to begin. What should I do?

Contact one of the Stokes Librarians who will be happy to set up an appointment to help you with your research. 

  1. I need help with data analysis for my JP,  Senior Thesis or another research project. Is there anyone on campus who can help me?

Data and Statistical Services (DSS) and Stokes Viz Hub consultants are available to provide assistance with data analysis for your research project.

  1. May I borrow books from the library?

The Book Pick-Up Service at Princeton University Library allows Princeton faculty, students, and staff, who are authorized to be on campus, have an active PUID, and have completed safety training, to pick up print books and items, including Borrow Direct books, from the on-campus libraries. To submit a request, click the “Request Pick-up or Digitization” button on the catalog record and select "Physical Item Delivery." Other users can request digitization of material through the “Request pick-up or digitization” button in the catalog.

  1. I am off-campus this semester. How can I get a library book that is only available in print?

To request an item for digitization, click the “Request pick-up or digitization” button in the catalog record. 

  1. May I go to the library to study?

Stokes Library is open for use by Princeton University students, faculty, and staff with an activated PUID. The Library remains closed to the public and other patrons. A very small number of visitor requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. To learn more about Princeton University Library’s visitor policy please visit this page.  .

  1. Where can I print on campus?

Stokes Library has one printer (black & white only) and one scanner for those authorized to  be on campus. SPIA graduate students may print in 046 Robertson (prox card entry is required). In addition, other locations are open to any student who is authorized to be on campus.

  1. I clicked on a link for an article and got a message that I must pay for it. Is there a way to get the article for free?

Yes. Connect your VPN to reach licensed library resources from any location. For details, visit:  Remote Access to Protected Resources -- Get Started

  1. I would like to save all my citations somewhere so I can easily create a bibliography. Is there a way to do this?

Yes. Princeton supports various citation managers:  Zotero and Endnote

  1. I will be writing a quantitative paper, how can I find data that can be manipulated with a statistical package such as Stata or R? 

Visit the Data Catalog on the DSS page for information about the datasets available to the Princeton community. If  you have further questions, contact the Social Science Data Librarian.

  1. Does Princeton Library provide access to current newspapers?

Yes. Click here for a guide to U.S. and international newspapers available to the Princeton community.

  1. I am seeking an article/document that Princeton does not own. How can I get it?

Submit an Article Express request and P.U. Library will attempt to obtain the item for you.

I have a question that was not covered by these FAQ's, what should I do?

Send an e-mail to with your question and a Stokes staff member will respond.