Princeton Public Library and the Princeton University Library have announced a new program under which PPL cardholders will gain access to the university’s Firestone Library. The Firestone Library Cards program will be available beginning Feb. 7.
The Firestone initiative will operate similar to the library’s successful Museum Pass program, which provides free admission to a dozen regional museums. Princeton Public Library cardholders can reserve one of the four Firestone cards once a month by visiting the library’s website, www.princetonlibrary.org or by calling the library’s Information Desk at (609) 924-9529, ext. 220. Adults can reserve the Firestone cards to 90 days in advance; they are valid for 24 hours after being issued.
The Firestone cards are for on-site library use only, and will not include check-out privileges. Additional registration will be required for access to special collections, such as the Rare Book and Special Collections Department, as well as the Marquand Library. A valid personal photo identification card will be required. Cardholders will have on-site access to most licensed electronic resources.
One of the world’s best-known research libraries, the Princeton University Library consists of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and 10 special libraries in 11 buildings across campus. The library's collections include more than 6.9 million books, 6 million microforms, 35,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and impressive holdings of rare books, prints, archives and other material that require special handling. The library's extensive electronic resources include databases and journals, statistical packages, images and digital maps.
“We are delighted that our friends at the Princeton University Library have made these cards available to Princeton Public Library cardholders,” says Leslie Burger, executive director of the Princeton Public Library. “Now, people in our community can explore the vast resources held by the university libraries. Whether using the libraries for research or pleasure, this collection of books, microforms, manuscripts, archives and rare books will provide our customers with a rare glimpse into one of the world’s most distinguished libraries.”
“I’m very excited about the launch of this new program to make it easy for Princeton Public Library cardholders to consult the collections of the university library," says Karin Trainer, Princeton University librarian. ”Of all of our collaborations with Leslie Burger and her talented staff at the public library, this one is my favorite. I’m looking forward to seeing more members of our local community connect with the deep resources of our modern research library."
Princeton Public Library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton Borough. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the borough-operated Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit www.princetonlibrary.org
Valid from 02/05/2011 to 04/02/2011