In light of the library’s importance in teaching and research at Princeton, the University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of the Firestone Library that began in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2018. With classes finished for the academic year, the renovation work will ramp up significantly this summer. A list of summer projects can be accessed on the Library’s Renovation Update page: http://libblogs.princeton.edu/renovations/renovation-update/.
Visiting Rare Books and Special Collections During the Construction
The current phase of summer construction includes work in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and from the middle of June until the first week of September, there will be asbestos abatement and contractor work in areas of the Cotsen Children’s Library, the Main Exhibition Gallery and Reception Area. Accommodations will be made to assure continued reading room and paging services throughout the construction. The Department’s Dulles Reading Room will remain open during normal summer hours (Monday-Friday, 8:45-4:15).
Every effort is being made to schedule the most disruptive construction work during off hours, but some noise and minor inconveniences are to be expected. Ear plugs will be available and the doors to the Dulles Reading Room will remain shut to minimize disruptions. If you have questions or concerns regarding an upcoming visit to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, please contact us at (609) 258-8497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Renovation Vision
The plans for the renovation of Firestone are focused on creating a building that is well-suited to support modern library services and contemporary approaches to scholarship while also providing the proper environment for one of the world’s great book and manuscript collections. For a master plan of the renovation, a photo gallery of completed and ongoing work, as well as renovation updates, see the Firestone Library Renovation website.