This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Since the file is in a folder that's part of the class path, an input stream to the file should available through Class.getResourceAsStream or ClassLoader.getResourceAsStream. You can pass this input stream to the load method of java.util.Properties.