Understanding 9/11: A Resource Guide


On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners. Two were crashed into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the third was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth was brought down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers fought back against the hijackers. The attacks resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people and continue to shape our world.

Learn about the 9/11 attacks, their context and their legacy via the resources below.

Image of 9/11 site
New York, NY, September 15, 2001 — The sun streams through the dust over the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA News Photo


Learn about 9/11

See below for a list of nonfiction resources about 9/11, the roots of the attacks and their continued impact. All books and documentaries are available in the library’s collection.

There are also a number of reliable sources online to learn about the history of 9/11. These include:


Programs at the Library

To listen to an oral history from a Princeton resident that references 9/11, visit the Voices of Princeton website.


Resources for Educators

Teaching about 9/11 can be challenging, especially given the nature of the event and the proximity of the anniversary to the beginning of the school year. See the lesson plans below for potential starting points.

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