Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542 | 609.924.9529 | HOURS: M-Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tue-Thu, 4-7 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5 pm | princetonlibrary.org | twitter.com/princetonpl
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65 Witherspoon St. Princeton NJ, 08542
Phone: 609.924.9529

Hours:
M-Fr: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sa: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Su: 1 to 6 p.m.

Operating as usual

Everyone at the library was saddened to hear of the passing of former Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand. Along w...
03/27/2021

Everyone at the library was saddened to hear of the passing of former Princeton Township Mayor Phyllis Marchand. Along with the late Princeton Borough Mayor Marvin Reed, she worked to forge an agreement between two governing bodies to rebuild the library at 65 Witherspoon Street. This photo of the mayors is from the May 5, 2003, Topping Off ceremony for the Sands Library Building. https://centraljersey.com/2021/03/26/former-princeton-mayor-served-22-years-in-office/?fbclid=IwAR0hGaWJe9pOafAiwchl8QDYs2hXviSRFPewPx1cwZanlGivYi-w4QxwrgI

Looking forward to this event next Saturday with our community partners at the Princeton Family YMCA ... registration in...
03/14/2021

Looking forward to this event next Saturday with our community partners at the Princeton Family YMCA ... registration information and details are below.

https://www.facebook.com/PrincetonFamilyYMCA/posts/3995477150520041

One week from today! We’re excited to partner with Dr. Tye Hip Hop Dance Doc and the Princeton Public Library for another Mental Health Boost on March 20. You won't want to miss it – register here: https://bit.ly/3oTOHbW

We were pleased to be singled out for praise for our pandemic response in this study by national think tank New America....
03/08/2021
Princeton Public Library Cited by National Think Tank

We were pleased to be singled out for praise for our pandemic response in this study by national think tank New America. The study underscores the central role of libraries in providing essential services to vulnerable communities even when library buildings are closed.
https://patch.com/new-jersey/princeton/princeton-public-library-lauded-national-think-tank-nodx

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02/23/2021
Kevin M. Kruse on Princeton Public Library

We've been taking part in the monthlong #snapshotdaynj initiative sharing stories about the library and its customers across our social media platforms. Here, historian Kevin M. Kruse says a few words about us prior to a fundraiser with journalist Kate Andersen Brower.
https://youtu.be/2iZX6kma0jc

Prior to a discussion with journalist Kate Andersen Brower, Princeton University historian Kevin M. Kruse shares thoughts about what the the library means to...

We look forward to seeing you when the Sands Library Building reopens tomorrow.
02/16/2021
Princeton Public Library to reopen building Feb. 17

We look forward to seeing you when the Sands Library Building reopens tomorrow.

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Black History Month programming continues Wednesday with an exploration of the lives of people of African descent during...
02/08/2021
Black History Month Events Continue at Princeton Public Library

Black History Month programming continues Wednesday with an exploration of the lives of people of African descent during
the Revolution. We have additional programs for all ages in our ongoing celebration of Black History Month. Details here: https://patch.com/new-jersey/princeton/black-history-month-events-continue-princeton-public-library-nodx

One of your neighbors posted in Neighbor News. Click through to read what they have to say. (The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.)

Connect with our new Spanish-language WhatsApp account. Add us at +1 (314) 635-0410 to chat with us and get library news...
01/29/2021

Connect with our new Spanish-language WhatsApp account. Add us at +1 (314) 635-0410 to chat with us and get library news en Español. Please share with your Spanish-speaking friends.

12/31/2020
Princeton, NJ Government

We couldn't let the year — and her term — end without thanking Mayor Liz Lempert for her longtime support of the library. Mayor Lempert has been a tireless champion for the library and served eight years on our Board of Trustees. We wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors and look forward to seeing her here in 2021.
https://fb.watch/2JOqZqRl8P/

Today is the last day of service for outgoing Princeton, NJ Mayor Liz Lempert. Tomorrow, Mayor Elect Mark Freda takes his place as our new mayor and will hit the ground running as we move forward through the pandemic, the vaccine rollout and the other local issues affecting us.

In looking back, many Princetonians appreciated Liz' tireless work ethic and patience. This video is a simple look back over a portion of her years of service to the Princeton Community. The video concludes with an impressive list of awards bestowed on the Municipality of Princeton during her time in office. The people of Princeton showed their appreciation at last night’s final (ZOOM) council meeting of 2020 which had over one hundred viewers who stayed on for the entire 2-hour long session. Thank you, Liz,!

We hope everyone was safe and warm during the storm. We're open 4-7 p.m. today. Hold pickup service will resume at 4 p.m...
12/17/2020

We hope everyone was safe and warm during the storm. We're open 4-7 p.m. today. Hold pickup service will resume at 4 p.m.

We meet uncertain times with certainty. On Giving Tuesday, your support allows us continue to provide the unprecedented ...
12/01/2020

We meet uncertain times with certainty. On Giving Tuesday, your support allows us continue to provide the unprecedented services our community expects, no matter the circumstances. Please give today: https://bit.ly/PPLgivetue

On Thanksgiving (and every day) we're grateful for a community that loves its public library.
11/26/2020

On Thanksgiving (and every day) we're grateful for a community that loves its public library.

10/19/2020

We were saddened to hear of the passing of former Princeton Borough Mayor Marvin Reed, one of the team of leaders who made the Sands Library Building a reality. Our thoughts are with Marvin's family.

We’re expanding express services to all three floors of the Sands Library Building beginning Oct. 21. We'll be closed Oc...
10/15/2020

We’re expanding express services to all three floors of the Sands Library Building beginning Oct. 21. We'll be closed Oct. 19-20 to prepare for reopening. Here's the press release:

PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY TO EXPAND BUILDING ACCESS OCT. 21
Princeton Public Library will continue its phased reopening of the Sands Library Building Oct. 21, when all three floors of the building will be open for express services. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Contactless pickup of items placed on hold in the library catalog will continue 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (till 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday) and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We are pleased to build on the success of our Express Library by expanding those services to all floors, with staff at all of our service desks,” Jennifer Podolsky, the library’s executive director, said. “Customers will be able to browse our entire collection, except for children’s board books, and we are restoring more services. We know the public is eager to browse, but we recommend that visits be short and purposeful.”

Customers will enter through the doors on Hinds Plaza and exit onto Witherspoon Street. By-appointment hold pickup service will be available at the Sylvia Beach Way entrance. Customers can opt to pick up their holds in the library.

In addition to browsing the collection and borrowing materials, customers can make use of individual workspace seating and 30-minute sessions on public computers. These workspaces are set up for individual work only and will not support work by groups or learning pods. Printing, scanning, copying and faxing services will be available. Interlibrary Loan service will resume during the expansion of express services.

Programming, including author talks, book discussions, storytimes, meetings and classes, will continue to be held online.

“This is a significant step on our road to reopening,” Podolsky said. “We are expanding services in a way that puts the safety of the public and staff foremost. We have instituted best practices to ensure that goal. We will continue to assess the status of the virus in New Jersey and consult with the municipal Health Department, the library’s Board of Trustees and our colleagues at other libraries in the state as we consider the next steps in our plan.”

The library building will be closed Monday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 20 to prepare the building for expansion of express services.

The library closed on March 13 and began accepting returns of materials on June 24. Contactless pickup of items placed on hold in the library’s online catalog began July 8 and the Express Library opened in the Community Room on Aug. 26.

The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit princetonlibrary.org

The library and the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area collaborated on a Voter Registration Day video highligh...
09/22/2020

The library and the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area collaborated on a Voter Registration Day video highlighting the partnership. Posing on Hinds Plaza after the filming are, from left Cindy Gordon and Janet Stern from the League of Women Voters; Jennifer Podolsky, executive director of the library; Morgan Taylor, head of the libray’s Adult Services Department; and Chrystal Schivell of the League of Woman Voters. For comprehensive information about the election, visit the Vote 2020 page at princetonlibrary.org/vote2020

Tomorrow night we have the perfect event for booklovers: Author Madeline Miller in conversation with Nancy Pearl for the...
09/17/2020
Nancy Pearl and Madeline Miller discuss "The Writer's Library" - Crowdcast

Tomorrow night we have the perfect event for booklovers: Author Madeline Miller in conversation with Nancy Pearl for the release of “The Writer's Library”. We hope you can join us. Link to register is below.

With a Foreword by Susan Orlean, 23 of today's living literary legends (including Madeline Miller) reveal the books that made them think, brought them joy, and changed their lives in this intimate, moving, and insightful collection from "American's Librarian" Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager. Illustrated with beautiful line drawings, "The Writer’s Library" is a revelatory exploration of the studies, libraries, and bookstores of today’s favorite authors.

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/nancy-pearl-and-madeline/register

Register now for Princeton Public Library's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Thursday September 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT.

08/26/2020
Reopening by the Book Chapter 3

The moment captured: The doors of the Sands Library Building opened this morning at 9 after being closed for 166 days. Please visit our Express Library in the Community Room 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

08/19/2020
PBS Books

Here’s how to join tonight's conversation about the legacy of Emily Dickinson.

Tune in tonight to learn about Emily Dickinson's legacy in a special event co-sponsored by PBS Books
08/19/2020

Tune in tonight to learn about Emily Dickinson's legacy in a special event co-sponsored by PBS Books

Here’s Rhina Espaillat in her backyard holding a sneak peak into season 3! Rhina will join Elisa New Wednesday night to discuss Emily Dickinson’s life and work, in a virtual event with PBS Books for libraries around the country! #TrailblazersPBS

07/07/2020
Reopening by the Book Chapter 2

Chapter 2 of the Reopening by the Book plan begins tomorrow, when you can start to borrow. Staff is excited to be working with our physical collection.
https://youtu.be/-gz4tqkAPoI

Returns by the Book: What it means to staff to lend materials as the library reopens during the coronavirus

We're proud to join our PBS partners in offering a special Juneteenth event today at noon. Please tune in here. #blkfree...
06/19/2020
Juneteenth

We're proud to join our PBS partners in offering a special Juneteenth event today at noon. Please tune in here. #blkfreedom
https://princetonlibrary.libnet.info/event/4399697

Six leading black museums and historical institutions join forces to launch BLKFREEDOM.org, a digital commemoration of Juneteenth, featuring a variety of cultural performances.

The library is a proud co-sponsor of the Princeton Juneteenth Block Party. Please note this event has change to tomorrow...
06/17/2020

The library is a proud co-sponsor of the Princeton Juneteenth Block Party. Please note this event has change to tomorrow for weather considerations. Hope to see you there (wearing a mask).

The first two phases of our opening plan will be reviewed by  library trustees on Wednesday. If approved, we'll be relea...
06/15/2020

The first two phases of our opening plan will be reviewed by library trustees on Wednesday. If approved, we'll be releasing details about returns and contactless borrowing. Visit the Reopening by the Book page: princetonlibrary.org/reopening

06/01/2020
Anti-Racist

In light of recent events, we have redoubled our commitment to racial literacy. May we all take the crucial step from non-racist to anti-racist.

Following up on a wildly successful first Virtual Escape Room challenge, we present our followup, "Saving Professor Wick...
05/22/2020

Following up on a wildly successful first Virtual Escape Room challenge, we present our followup, "Saving Professor Wick," in which you're called upon to solve a series of puzzles, codes and challenges to save the title character. Get started here: https://bit.ly/ProfWick

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Betty Wold Johnson, whose generosity and keen intelligence transformed the l...
05/10/2020
Public Library’s Major Supporter Isn’t Afraid to Handle a Dust Rag | Town Topics

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Betty Wold Johnson, whose generosity and keen intelligence transformed the library. (Many of us remember that she was also handy with a dust rag, as memorialized in this 2012 story in Town Topics Newspaper.) Our thoughts are with the Johnson family at this difficult time.
http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2012/09/12/public-librarys-major-supporter-isnt-afraid-to-handle-a-dust-rag/

Give mom the gift of song on Sunday, May 10 at 3 p.m., when Fred Miller presents one of his popular lectures in song. ht...
05/09/2020

Give mom the gift of song on Sunday, May 10 at 3 p.m., when Fred Miller presents one of his popular lectures in song. https://bit.ly/051020Miller

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we invite you to visit the Endangered Species Youth Art Exhibit, part of the Prin...
04/22/2020

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we invite you to visit the Endangered Species Youth Art Exhibit, part of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival (PEFF). This exhibition of 55 works of art from Princeton youth in Grades 1-12 was to have graced the Third Floor of the Sands Library Building during the festival, but has been moved to our Virtual Library. Have a look. https://bit.ly/EndangeredArt

04/21/2020

Tuesday of National Library Week is #NationalLibraryWorkersDay. On this day, our staff has a message for the Princeton community.

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65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ
08542

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 13:00 - 18:00

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(609) 924-9529

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