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WRI 112/113: The Craft of Authenticity: Libraries @ PU and beyond

Guide for using the library for research successfully in Julianna Visco's 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
Video 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.

Libraries outside of PU

Since craft/decorative arts/design is a specialized field, there may be materials outside of Princeton that may be worth tracking down if nothing more than to have a citation for something and see if we have at Princeton or you can get your hands on (use Borrow Direct for books if on campus, or Article Express to request books chapters or articles). The following libraries' catalogs may be worth searching to see what might be there and worthwhile for your topic.

Architecture Library

School of Architecture Library

(Located on 2nd Floor of Architecture building)

Guide to conducting architecture research

Off-site (Annex and ReCAP)

Pay attention to location in the library catalog. Books and journals with location: ReCAP, and FORRESTAL ANNEX 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), and you will be notified via the e-mail address you provide.

ReCAP, or Research Collections and Preservation, is a high-density, storage facility containing collections owned by Princeton, Columbia University, the New York Public Library, and Harvard. Records from partners are available via the Princeton library catalog, and are indicated with initials at the bottom (C or N, at present). You may see duplicate records for the same item. The Forrestal Annex contains humanities materials and multiple copies of course reserve titles. Electronic delivery of book chapters and articles may be requested for ReCAP titles.