Hours and Location

Getting Here

Location

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, simply look to your right for the orange Cotsen Children's Library sign. 

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Parking

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 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 operate on weekdays and Saturday. On Sundays metered parking is free of charge. 

Visitors for the day may park our visitor parking lots (.pdf), Lots 21 and 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

From New York and points north

  • From the North, take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 9 (New Brunswick) and follow signs for Trenton (Route 18 West for .5 miles, then Route 1 South).
  • Follow Route 1 South for about 18 miles to Washington Road (Rt. 571).
  • Turn right on Washington Rd. Cross over Lake Carnegie (just short of a mile).
  • Turn left at the light onto Faculty Road. About .3 mile, turn right into campus on Elm Drive.
  • At the guard booth, ask for directions to visitor parking and the shuttle.

From Toms River and points southeast

  • Take Rt. 571 (Ridgeway Road).
  • Turn left onto Rt. 537.
  • Take the I-195 ramp towards Trenton/NJ turnpike. Stay on I-195 for about 14.5 miles.
  • Take Exit 2 for S. Broad St./Arena Drive toward Rte 206.
  • Stay right at the fork in the ramp and merge onto Arena Drive.
  • Take the I-295 ramp towards Rt. 1. Continue on I-295 for 5.5 miles.
  • Take Exit 67A-B for Rt. 1 toward New Brunswick/Trenton.
  • Keep right at the fork in the ramp.
  • Merge onto Rt. 1 North.
  • Go 4.2 miles to the jug handle turn for Washington Road (Rte 571).
  • Turn right at the jug handle, left to cross back over Rt. 1, then bear right onto Washington Rd.
  • Stay straight on Washington Rd. Cross the bridge over Lake Carnegie.
  • Turn left at the light onto Faculty Road.
  • About .3 mile, turn right into campus on Elm Drive.
  • At the guard booth, ask for directions to visitor parking and the shuttle.

Campus shuttle to the Cotsen Children's Library

From visitor Lot 23, take the Central Line shuttle. Ask the driver to drop you off at Firestone Library, which is the Nassau/Tulane stop (the library is the large building to the left as you walk up Tulane into campus).  The Cotsen Children's Library is on the main floor of Firestone, to your right as you enter the lobby.

To Lot 10 on William Street (weekends only)

  • Continue straight on Washington Road after you cross Lake Carnegie (don't turn on Faculty Rd.)
  • Go through 3 more lights.
  • Turn right on William Street.
  • Turn left almost immediately into Lot #10. Park in a non-residential spot. Walk back toward Washington, cross the street, and continue straight up the path to the front of Firestone Library. The Cotsen Children's Library is on the main floor of Firestone, to the right as you enter the lobby.

Hours

Bookscape Gallery

Temporarily Closed During Renovation

The gallery of the Cotsen Children's Library is currently under renovation, and will reopen in April 2018 after the completion of the Firestone lobby restrooms. Access to the Cotsen research collection will be available as usual to researchers during the temporary closure. Our online children's programming will continue, as well as select special events.

Curatorial Office

Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm

Researchers who are interested in using the Cotsen collection should contact Andrea Immel, the Cotsen Curator, well in advance of their arrival to campus. The collection is still in the process of being catalogued, so it will be necessary to schedule assistance from the Curator or her staff. Dr. Immel can be reached by email: aimmel@princeton.edu or by phone: 609-258-1510