Rare Books

Marquand has a distinguished collection of 15th through 21st-century rare books, periodicals, scrolls, facsimiles, and ephemera. These materials appear in the catalog with the locations: SAX Marquand Rare Books and RECAP Marquand Rare Use Only.

A Princeton ID, or a special Rare Books access card is required to use this collection.  All rare book requests must be made online: pull up the catalog record for the item that is needed, and click on the link that reads Request to view in Reading Room in the Main Catalog, or Reading Room Request in Books+.  One will be prompted to set up a rare book account, or may enter his/her username and password (netID if a Princeton University affiliate). Non-Princeton affiliates will be required to visit the Firestone Access Office in person to receive a special Rare Books card before being able to consult rare books (one card is good for all rare book locations on campus: Rare Books & Special Collections in Firestone, Mudd Library, and Marquand).

The Charles Rufus Morey Rare Books Room is located on the 1st Floor of Marquand behind the reference desk. Rare books are generally available for consulation 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Advanced notice of your visit is recommended; the online system for rare book requests allows for a particular day and time to be selected but rare books will not be pulled until one's arrival.

 

Digital Cameras

Digital cameras may be used in Marquand Library with certain restrictions:

  • Only cameras (not cases) may be brought into the reading room.
  • All photography will be conducted using ambient lighting. No tripods or flash are allowed. 
  • Patrons may not stand on chairs or the table, or rearrange furniture to obtain a better image.
  • Photographs are for personal study purposes only and cannot be reproduced; transferred to any other individual, institution, or collection; exhibited; performed; broadcast; published; posted on the Internet; or used commercially without the express written permission of Marquand Library.