COVID-19: Coronavirus Information

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Princeton University
March 10, 2020

Website updated: June 10 (7 p.m.)

Over the past two weeks, the state of New Jersey has made a number of announcements relaxing certain restrictions related to COVID-19. The University, however, continues to operate under a series of executive orders designed to minimize the number of employees working on campus and restricting many of our in-person activities in order to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. We anticipate that these orders will be updated by the state in the coming weeks, and we will communicate directly to those impacted in our community as we adjust any University policies accordingly. All University policies regarding remote work and our limited on-campus operations currently remain in place. 

As previously announced, Princeton will decide in early July whether the undergraduate teaching program will be online or residential in the fall term. We are committed to offering the best possible undergraduate education consistent with the health and well-being of our community.

The University will continue to share COVID-19 updates through the coronavirus website, Princeton homepage and other campus communications, including the Community COVID-19 email newsletter. The June 10 edition of the Community COVID-19 newsletter included the following stories:

  • A recap of the virtual conversation on race in the era of COVID-19. As COVID-19 has swept across the United States, it has unmasked and amplified existing racial inequities. The virtual panel “Race in the COVID Era: What America’s History of Racism and Xenophobia Means for Today” on June 8 discussed strategies to address marginalization and empower impacted communities. You can re-watch this important conversation on the University’s Facebook page.
  • Dr. Céline Gounder, a Class of 1997 graduate and an attending physician at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, will discuss her experiences serving on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, June 12, at 11 a.m. ET on the Princeton University Facebook page.
  • The University’s “We Roar” podcast has released new episodes featuring interviews with Department of History Chair Keith Wailoo, TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal ’88, The College of New Jersey President Kate Foster *93, and Princeton philosopher Andrew Chignell. 

May 29 (5:30 p.m.) update:

On May 29, Princeton University Library (PUL) announced two priority services in its phased resumption of on-site services — available starting on June 8 only to Princeton University faculty, researchers, postdocs and graduate students:

Princeton University Library’s Return Task Force has finalized plans for the phased resumption of on-site library services beginning with two priority services which will provide access to library materials for Princeton University faculty, researchers, postdocs and graduate students. The two priority services are book pick-up and in-house digitization and will begin the week of June 8 with Firestone Library providing the first available pick-up location in a designated area. Branches will follow during that week. 

Library locations will not be open to the public or patrons. Patrons will not be allowed beyond the designated pick-up areas. Social distancing and wearing a face covering/mask will be required for picking up books. Library staff will also be following social distancing and other protocol requirements as outlined by the CDC, State and University. Beginning June 8, book pick-up requests can be made via a link on the online catalog pages. This phased resumption of specific services is in line with current state guidance. The BorrowDirect service continues to be suspended at this time.

These steps are part of the process President Eisgruber detailed in his message to the community of May 4 regarding Princeton’s research and teaching enterprise in light of COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please email

Read the full announcement on the PUL website.