Nicocastra, Patroness of Prophecy, Scientific Innovation and Scholarship, from Boccaccio, Famous Women, Zaragoza (Pablo Hurus) 1494

The Friends of the Princeton University Library are a flourishing group of alumni and others interested in books and in the mission of Princeton University Library. Founded in 1930, they have made extraordinary contributions to the Library, in acquisitions and in programming. Among their Chairs have been Sinclair Hamilton, Bill Scheide, and Robert H, Taylor, all of whom donated their extraordinary collections to the University. This exhibition includes items acquired with the assistance of the Friends.

The Friends of Princeton University Library not only play a vital role in supporting the acquisitions and operations of the Library, they also enjoy regular programs and unique opportunities to participate in special events. The Friends welcome all members of the community who have an interest in books, libraries, manuscripts, and the graphic arts. You can stay up to date on the activities of the Friends on their website

Join Online. Membership includes three issues of The Princeton University Library Chronicle, the Friends’ newsletter, and invitations to special lectures, events, trips, and exhibition openings. Contact: or 609-258-3155.

Princeton students, faculty, and staff are also invited to join the Friends. Student members receive access to Friends activities and are invited to events specifically designed for them by the Student Friends of the Library. Student memberships are free of charge.

The Friends of the Princeton University Library (PUL) also fund the Special Collections Grants Program, which offers researchers from around the world access to PUL’s unique and rare collections by providing grants of up to $4,000 for short-term projects (between two and four weeks). Research projects are focused on scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of PUL. For more information, see Library Research Grants.