Second Floor Spaces

Collaborate and create in a space meets the needs of a 21st century community.

Surround yourself with books, art, and light, or enjoy an individual study carrel. Prepare a business presentation, or delve into local history. Work side-by-side with research experts, or learn a technology skill. Plug in and power up everywhere.


The adult nonfiction collection is organized into Neighborhoods, 18 broad subject categories in order to enhance browsability by placing similar subjects together, 15 of which are on the 2nd floor. Within each neighborhood, the books are arranged by Dewey Decimal classification. Need to locate a specific book? Note the name of the collection, the neighborhood, and the Dewey number for its exact location and use the MapIt feature in our online catalog. Need more help? Ask for assistance at the second floor Information Desk.

The Nonfiction Book Group Collection and the New Book Nonfiction are also on the second floor.

Reading Room

The Reading Room is a dedicated quiet study space with wide tables offering generous amounts of space between seats, plus comfortable seating that invites people to work all day. Here you will find the Literature, Poetry, Education, and Language Learning neighborhoods as well as a modest collection of atlases.

Technology Center

The Myra Williams and Van Zandt Williams Jr. Technology Center
The center for our technology classes, this space is equipped with a projection screen, iMacs and screen sharing software for teaching. The iMacs are open to everyone to freely use when a class is not taking place. The tech center also has pro software available on select iMacs.

Computer Commons

The Margaret Griffin and Scott Sillars Technology Commons
All of the library PCs are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite, including Publisher, and have the ability to print. See our full list of software here. Additional PCs are located on the 3rd floor. Library cardholders may also borrow Mac laptops from the Information Desk for in-house use.

Princeton Room

Given by Princeton University
Explore our Local History neighborhood, a print collection of selected books about the history of Princeton, its people, and institutions, as well as a collection of maps, city directories, and a vertical file of uncatalogued ephemera. Also included is a collection of selected African-American genealogy resources as well as art commissioned specifically for space.


Given in memory of Charles Chenault Baber by Ellen Gould Baber and Family
Enjoy reading the library’s 150+ print magazines and 20+ daily and weekly newspapers in this comfortable, light filled space. An i-See Reader is available for use and can provide up to 64x magnification of printed materials. The library occasionally hosts library programs in the Newsroom, as well.

Discovery Center

The Leslie Burger Discovery Center
The Discovery Center is ideal for collaboration and pop-up programming, with wide, counter-height tables and high-speed internet connectivity.  Surrounded by the New Nonfiction  and Arts neighborhoods, the space is designed to inspire.

Business Center

Given in memory of Walter F. Gips Jr.
The Business Center houses our printing station, document and book scanners, photocopier, microfilm machine and typewriter. Sending faxes is free from our scan stations.

Study Rooms

Our nine study rooms can accommodate up to four or six people at once and are available for use by reservation. Five rooms are equipped with screen-sharing software and HD televisions to facilitate group collaboration. Princeton Public Library cardholders may reserve a study room on our website or via the library’s mobile app. Not a library cardholder? Inquire about same-day availability in-person at the Information Desk.