Special Collections Services
On this page: Reference Services, Exhibitions, Loans, Tours, Bibliographic
Instruction, and Requirements,
Guidelines and Permission to Publish.
Special Collections promotes research and scholarship by encouraging the use of
its collections. A variety of educational services are offered for students
and scholars who are studying at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Special Collections provides standard reference services for scholars,
researchers, and family historians. Visitors are encouraged to Contact Special Collections prior to research visits.
Special Collections complies with the access guidelines of the Society of American
Archivists and users are required to follow standard access
procedures and complete standard access forms during research visits.
For maps of and directions to the Princeton Theological Seminary campus, see Maps and
Directions. If you are traveling from a great distance, you may
contact the Erdman
Center for information about local accommodations.
Exhibitions of primary sources, contextual materials, and other items in Special
Collections may be arranged for Seminary courses, seminars, workshops, or
groups. They are usually scheduled 2-3 months in advance and are a
collaborative effort between the class professor or group leader and Special
Past exhibitions include rare Bibles, publications related to the Reformation in
Geneva, and items that document worship in the Reformed tradition.
Current public exhibits – both digital and physical – are listed here: Library
Many items in Special Collections are available for class presentations and
one-day loans may be arranged for Seminary classes or other Seminary
Special Collections conducts historic tours of the Princeton Theological Seminary
campus and of the Special Collections facilities in the Library by appointment.
Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections'
Tutorial orients students to primary source discovery and use.
While some of the tools and policies discussed in this tutorial are specific
to Princeton University’s Library, this tutorial provides a helpful
introduction to the types of materials available in Special
Collections and the methods of using them.
Research tutorial sessions also may be arranged for classes or groups of
Seminary students in order to provide an orientation to
basic concepts in research or subject-specific overviews of Special
Requirements, Guidelines and Permission to Publish
Identification and Registration
To gain access to Special Collections, researchers must present a valid photo
I.D. (Student I.D., passport, U.S. driver's license, etc.) and complete a
registration form upon arrival.