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 the tiger welcome sign, which is in front of the entrance door to the Bookscape gallery. The library has accessible entryways, restrooms, and ramps.

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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 arriving on campus from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, must park in the Stadium Drive Garage. Free daily parking permits are required and can be obtained in advance or on arrival.  Accessible parking is also available. On weekday evenings after 4:00 p.m. and weekends, visitors may park in most other lots and garages. This map will assist you with navigating parking on the Princeton campus. 

TigerTransit provides free campus shuttles from the Stadium Drive Garage. To reach the Cotsen Children's Library, take either the Blue No. 1 or the Green No. 4 bus and get off at the McCosh Walk on Washington Road stop. After exiting the bus, cross Washington Road and take McCosh Walk to Chapel Drive and turn right. Continue to walk to Firestone Plaza (look for the statue of John Witherspoon). You will pass the Princeton Chapel on your right as you walk toward the main entrance of Firestone Library.


Bookscape Gallery

The Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University Library invite you and your family to come and get acquainted with Bookscape, our whimsical children’s gallery.

Tuesday         10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday        10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday             10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sat - Mon        CLOSED