The University has re-opened the Tiger Tea Room, a venue for students to congregate and caffeinate within Firestone Library.
The Tiger Tea Room, which officially opened its doors on Sept. 9, offers coffee, tea, and an assortment of baked goods for students without ever having to leave the confines of Firestone Library.
A number of students interviewed by The Daily Princetonian in the Tea Room said that the location was “by far” the best feature of the new establishment.
“It’s very convenient since it’s in the library, and I’m a big coffee drinker, so I feel like it’s good to have a place to get coffee near where I’m studying,” Abigail Goldberg-Zelizer ’23 said. “This is just my first week here, but I’ve already done most of my studying in Firestone.”
A number of first years, who have been on campus for less than a month, said the inclusion of the Tea Room would help establish Firestone Library as a second home.
“It fits the sort of ideal or imagery of living in the library,” Rui-Jie Fang ’23 said.
Fang added that he would love if his meal plan could pay for purchases made in the Tiger Tea Room, but “it would probably be too much of a thing to request.”
A number of students said they became aware of the Tiger Tea Room because of last year’s construction, which they noticed as they passed through Firestone. First years largely either stumbled upon the room or had friends recommend it to them.
“We ordered coffee and it was really, really good,” Emily Chavarria ’22. “It seems like a place that’s going to be a staple for studying.”
The Tiger Tea Room also offers an “Afternoon Tea Service.” Available by reservation to faculty, staff, and students, the service includes “egg salad tea sandwiches, cucumber cream cheese and dill tea sandwiches, scones, fruit tarts, palmier, tea or French-press coffee, clotted cream, strawberry jam, and orange marmalade.”
The Tiger Tea Room comes after a 10-year renovation of Firestone, which concluded last spring with the opening of the refurbished Trustee Reading Room. Over the last five years, as the renovations continued towards completion, Firestone saw an almost 63-percent increase in visits from students and other patrons.