About

A student branch of the Friends of the Princeton University Library was formed in fall 2005 to expand participation in Friends activities to Princeton students and tailor new programs specifically to their interests.

The Student Friends of Princeton University Library (SFPUL) is a student-run group that contributes to the mission of the Friends and promotes intellectual curiosity through the exploration and discovery of books, libraries, and collections, with a dedicated emphasis on Princeton University Library’s holdings. We organize a combination of on- and off-campus events throughout the academic year, including lectures and guest presentations, tours of special collections at Princeton and elsewhere, and trips to exhibitions in the greater metropolitan area. We also distribute announcements of PUL programming and related opportunities, such as the annual call for submissions to the Elmer Adler Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize.

Membership is open to all Princeton University students. 

Upcoming SFPUL events include:

  • Trip to NYC to visit Grolier Club and private collections of Friends' members 
  • "In The Company of Good Books: Shakespeare to Morrison" exhibition private tour

To get more information on these upcoming events, join the SFPUL Listserv here.

Past in-person SFPUL events have included:

  • Private curatorial tours of Princeton University Library exhibitions with receptions
  • Showcase of the Scheide Library in Special Collections
  • Guided tour of ReCAP
  • Trip to the "shadow" Aquarian Book Fair in New York City
  • Visits to private collections of Friends' members
  • Guided tour of the Institute for Advanced Study library 
  • Trip to "Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth" at the Morgan Library in New York City

Past virtual SFPUL events have included:

  • Showcase of F. Scott Fitzgerald holdings in Mudd Library 
  • Guided tour of the Met Cloisters
  • Panel on library careers