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The Engineering Library is located in Friend Center and supports the research and education mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and its affiliated programs and centers. The Library is part of the Collection Development Department of the Princeton University Library System and works closely with other library units and divisions to serve the needs of over 140 faculty, over 1200 undergraduate students and over 500 graduate students.

Course Reserves

What you should know about the Engineering Library Course Reserve Service:

The Engineering Library processes course reserve requests for all departments affiliated with the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Faculty can submit lists of readings to the library by e-mail to Loretta Parker and cc: Andrea Baruzzi.

      When sending the list of materials for course reserves, please make sure to include the following information for each item:


      (full name), full


call number

      (if available from the Main Catalog),




    (if applicable).

  • The Library adheres to the dictates of copyright law and fair use standards with respect to the photocopying of print material and the scanning of electronic reserves.
  • Electronic Course Reserve (E-Reserves) provides students with online access to course readings through the Blackboard course management system.  The Library now also provides a link from the Course Reserve listings in the Main Catalog to all available electronic readings for each course.  We will scan individual book chapters, journal articles, etc. and set up links to electronic resources to which the Library has access rights.  Please direct questions about E-Reserves to Andrea Baruzzi, x8-6567.
  • Course Packets may also be placed on reserve.  The instructor is required to supply a copy to the Library.  Please do not submit ECR requests duplicating material contained in course packets.  Packets of more than 50 pages must be bound or gathered in a presentable binder.
  • Book, Video and DVD orders sometimes require several weeks.  Please submit requests for new material as early as possible.  You may request new titles before other items on your list.  When submitting orders, please include ISBN, edition, publisher and date in addition to author and title.
  • If preferred, the Online Reserve Request Service (ORRS) is an optional method to submit reserve requests. After its initial submission, a list of related materials can easily be updated and approved online in subsequent years. If you have questions about using ORRS, contact Andrea Baruzzi.
  • Please contact Loretta Parker, the Engineering Library Reserve Coordinator if you have any questions or problems with your course material. We are committed to serving your library needs and will do our best to ensure that your students have timely access to all required course material.

Research Guides

Please contact Andrea Baruzzi if you would like the library to prepare a research guide to assist your students with their assignments.

Teaching faculty are invited to contact Andrea Baruzzi to arrange for course specific instruction activities.

To arrange for a research consultation contact Andrea Baruzzi. Before we meet to work on a research topic, please make sure that you send me the following information:

1. In a sentence or two, describe your thesis (research) topic.

2. What materials (if any) have you collected so far?

3. Please give me an example of a relevant book, article or paper that you found so far or that was recommended by your advisor.

4. What library resources have you searched (if any)?

Contact Us

Engineering Library Staff

Andrea Baruzzi, Interim Engineering Librarian

Barbara Chamberlin, Circulation

Loretta Parker, Course Reserves

Jennie Chen, Serials

Shauna Shaw, Document Delivery

Ted Nghiem, Shelving



  • 1st floor: Course reserves, Reference books, Theses and Dissertations
  • 2nd floor: Serials desk, Current and bound journals
  • 3rd floor:  Books and Technical reports

Use the Main Catalog to explore and discover the collections available. By searching the catalog, one can find books, journal titles (i.e. Nature Nanotechnology), documents, videos, and other resources. The catalog will reveal both print and electronic resources and for the electronic resources, a direct link is provided.

Search the finding aids database to locate the technical reports at the Engineering Library.

To identify specific engineering papers, articles and other materials needed for research, use databases and indexes. On the Princeton University Library web site all databases available are listed alphabetically or by subject.

The Research Instruction offered by the Engineering Library includes a wide range of activities with the goal of preparing students for lifelong learning. A vital component of the learning process is the ability to find information on a new topic or problem, analyze it and integrate the new information with what is known. To accomplish this goal, the library seeks to collaborate with the teaching faculty in various ways to implement elements of library instruction which can help students to efficiently navigate, locate, evaluate and retrieve the relevant information needed for research and study.

The Engineering Library offers course specific instruction upon demand for groups of faculty, staff, and students. Individual instruction is offered on-site between 9:00am – 5:00pm on most weekdays, but setting an appointment is preferred.


Reference assistance

Your account

Borrowing Privileges and Responsibilities, ID, Loan Periods, Fees, Renew materials


Requests available include: Borrow Direct Request, In Process/On Order Book Request, Interlibrary Loan, Annex Retrievals, Trace Request

Remote access

Information on connecting to library resources from off-campus.

Course reserves

Instructions for submitting course reserve lists.

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