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, and enjoy this newly renovated space.


The adult non-fiction collection is organized into Neighborhoods, 19 broad subject categories in order to enhance browsability by placing similar subjects together, 16 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 2nd floor Information Desk.

The Non-Fiction Book Group Collection and the New Book Non-Fiction are also on the 2nd 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 except when a class is scheduled. 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 come equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite, including Publisher and have the ability to print. See our full list of software here. More PCs are located on the 3rd floor. PPL cardholders may also borrow Mac laptops for in-house use. Ask at the Information Desk.

Princeton Room

Given by Princeton University
This room contains the Local History neighborhood, a print collection of books about the history of Princeton, town and gown, 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 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 200+ print magazines and 25+ daily and weekly newspapers in this comfortable, light filled space which is also used for programming. Dedicated iPads on the table provide access to the library’s digital magazines and newspapers. Magazines for children’s and teens are on the 3rd floor.

Discovery Center

The Leslie Burger Discovery Center
Wide tables provide study and work space but also make this area ideal for a pop-up programming space for library activities.

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

We have study rooms, for up to six people, available for use, by reservation. Five are equipped with collaboration software and HD televisions so you can easily work together. Reserve a study room on our website or via the PPL app if you have a PPL library card.  If not, check at the 2nd floor Information Desk for availability.