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. 

Past SFPUL events have included:

  • A guided tour of “‘This is the light of the mind’: Selections from the Sylvia Plath collection of Judith G. Raymo” at the Grolier Club in New York City
  • A showcase of the Scheide Library in Special Collections
  • A guided tour of the Institute for Advanced Study library
  • A guided tour of ReCAP
  • A guided tour of the Princetoniana Collection at Mudd Library
  • A trip to “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth” at the Morgan Library in New York City
  • A guided tour of “Gutenberg & After: Europe’s First Printers 1450-1470” in Firestone
  • A virtual showcase of F. Scott Fitzgerald holdings in Mudd Library
  • A virtual, guided tour of the Met Cloisters
  • A virtual panel on library careers