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While the Sands Library Building is closed until further notice, our digital collections are available 24/7 to keep you entertained and informed. The virtual Information Desk is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 7 p.m. Chat, call, or email us.


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Apply online. If you live in Princeton, you can receive a free library card, which gains you access to our full array of digital collections. Not a Princeton resident? We still have options for you to obtain a card.

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Read national and local newspapers, as well as full-text articles from thousands of academic and peer-reviewed journals. Most of our research resources are accessible remotely with your library card.

Just for Kids

Enrich remote learning and social-distancing play time. Find articles that help parents, teens and kids understand the coronavirus, navigate our changing climate, stay healthy and have fun while at home.

Virtual Experiences

Explore and engage. Tour world-class museums and cultural institutions, visit zoos around the country, attend faith-based services, and participate in digital transcription projects.

Our Blog

Library staff share research tips, book recommendations, profiles of local organizations and personal perspectives. Get to know us and the Princeton community.

  • April top 5 for under 5Our “Top 5 for Under 5” monthly blog post typically includes highlights of upcoming events at the library and around town, as well as new picture books that have just arrived in the library, all recommended for children ages birth to five years old and their families. Even though the library’s physical book collection is […] Read More Posted Apr 1, 2020 by Martha Liu
  • Processing timeWe watched from a distance. Wuhan, China. Italy. Nearly impossible for most Americans to imagine unless you were paying attention. Attention to the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s. Attention, even, to plot lines from particular novels – “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, “Severance” by Ling Ma, or “The Stand” by Stephen King. […] Read More Posted Mar 26, 2020 by Kristin Friberg
  • Queen of the Negro LeaguesThese last few years have been filled with inspirational female voices. From the Women’s March and #MeToo, to political powerhouses like Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton, women have made it clear that their opinions matter and they intend to be heard.  I learned from Marie Curie, Grace Hopper, and Rosalind Franklin. I devoured […] Read More Posted Mar 13, 2020 by Dana Treichler
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