Firestone Library Renovation

In light of the library's central role in the University's mission, Princeton University is moving forward with plans for a complete renovation of Firestone Library.

Project Goals

The planning for the renovation of Firestone is focused on creating a building that is well-suited to support modern library services and contemporary approaches to scholarship while also providing the proper environment for one of the world's great book and manuscript collections.
Principles guiding the renovation include:

  • Improving navigability and wayfinding throughout the building, especially in the open stacks.
  • Improving the quality of user spaces, including graduate study rooms, carrels, quiet public reading rooms and seating in the stack areas.
  • Creating more efficient shelving layouts.
  • Creating a larger and consolidated space for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
  • Concentrating exhibit spaces on the first floor.
  • Consolidating library service points into more efficient and effective groupings.
  • Designing efficient and comfortable staff spaces.
  • Bringing the building into compliance with current building and fire codes and accessibility standards.
Sustainability features: 
Sustainable material selection
Energy-efficient HVAC system and controls
Energy-efficient lighting and controls
Low-flow plumbing fixtures

Community information

Project milestones: 
Oct, 2014