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WRI 146: Constructing the Past: Libraries @ PU

Guide for using the library successfully in this writing seminar.

General PUL Facts

Firestone Library

Firestone covers the Humanities and Social Sciences broadly. See Call Number information with locations here

Special services:

Data and Statistical Services
‚ÄčVideo Services


Marquand Library

Marquand Library, previously located in McCormick Hall next to the PU Art Museum, is one of nine separate Princeton "branch" libraries, and is a premier art history, architecture, and archaeology library used by the entire campus and visited by scholars from all over the world. As of 3-22-21, Marquand's collection is accessible by request and viewable in two reading rooms on the C Floor of Firestone Library. One will find books and exhibition catalogs in Marquand that are not available widely. Marquand also has a sizeable and growing rare book collection. More information about is available on its website.

Marquand is fully non-circulating. That means everything in the art library collection should be consulted on-site or scans may be requested if e-versions are not available.

Architecture Library

School of Architecture Library

(Located on 2nd Floor of Architecture building)

Guide to conducting architecture research

Off-site (Annexes and ReCAP)

RECAP, FORRESTAL ANNEX and FINE ANNEX are off-site locations. Normally, these items are requested via the library catalog and one must designate a pickup library of choice [Marquand ReCAP materials may only be consulted in Marquand]. Requests take a day or two to arrive (excluding weekends - LONGER for Marquand materials prior to Fall 2024), and you will be notified via the e-mail address you provide.

The Forrestal Annex contains humanities materials and multiple copies of reserve titles, while the Fine Hall Annex includes less-used materials managed by the Lewis (Science) Library. ReCAP include items owned by Columbia University,  New York Public Library, and Harvard: records for these will have a C, N or H at the bottom (and "SCSB" in the URL) and may be requested much like Princeton ReCAP items. If possible, look for and request the Princeton copy of a title, as you can do more with it and we can scan more from it.