First Floor Spaces

Welcome to Princeton Public Library. This floor has a space tailored just for you.

Browse bestsellers or relax by the fireplace. Chat with friends in the cafe or discover hidden gems in the Friends Books Store. Enjoy a lecture in our Community Room or find a quiet place to work away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Princeton.

Book Store

The Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Store is stocked with donations of new and gently used books covering a wide range of topics and interests, with new titles being added daily. Find everything from a beach read to that rare, out-of-print title. All book sale proceeds go directly to the library for the purchase of books and materials, as well as the support of library programs. To donate, see our donation guidelines.


Terra Libri Cafe is the perfect destination for a study break, informal meeting, or lunch with friends. Find great coffee and tea accompanied by a menu of food entrees, additional beverages, and snacks served throughout the day and evening, including  soups, deli sandwiches, focaccia, wraps, salads, yogurt, baked goods, and nutritious, kid-friendly options.

Community Room

The Community Room is home to many of the library’s events and is a destination for world-class speakers, bestselling authors, knowledge experts, and more. Versatile, light-filled, and adjacent to Albert Hinds Community Plaza, the room is a great place to hold an off-site meeting and is equipped with a full audiovisual system and seating for up to 150 people. To rent, see our rental guidelines.

Quiet Room

In addition to our Reading Room on the second floor, visitors looking for dedicated quiet space can find respite in the Quiet Room. While at times in use for library programs or meetings, this shared space contains a conference table and seating for 18, as well as our Performing Arts neighborhood of non-fiction books. It is the perfect place to spend the day free from distractions.