Hours and Location

Getting Here


The Cotsen Children's Library is located on the main floor of Princeton University's Firestone Library, at the corner of Nassau Street and Washington Road. After entering Firestone, look to your right for a wood paneled wall of glass windows and the entrance door to the gallery. 

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It's not always easy to park in Princeton! There are two public parking lots close to campus: one on Palmer Square (at the corner of Witherspoon and Hulfish Streets), and another at Spring Street (adjacent to the Princeton Public Library). Metered parking on city streets is usually limited to one or two hours, and overtime and illegal parking regulations are strictly enforced. Meters are in effect every day of the week. 

Visitors for the day may park our visitor parking lot (.pdf), Lot 23. On weekends and evenings, visitors may park in most other lots and garages. This map will assist you with navigating the Princeton campus.

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Driving Directions


Bookscape Gallery

In accordance with state and Princeton University safety measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the gallery of the Cotsen Children’s Library is currently closed. All in-person programs are also temporarily suspended.

We invite you to browse and enjoy our virtual resources. From exhibits to fun projects, the library is only a few clicks away!

Please stay tuned for re-opening announcements on our website, Facebook page, and e-notification list. Thank you.


Curatorial Office

Researchers who are interested in accessing the Cotsen collection are encouraged to contact Curator Andrea Immel with questions or to schedule assistance with items in the collection that are not yet catalogued.