Access and privileges

Who can access Stanford Libraries?

Most Stanford Libraries are open to the Stanford community. The access requirements below are governed by Stanford Policies. Check the hours and library website for any additional requirements before your visit. You need an appointment to visit Special Collections or the Hoover Institution Library & Archives Reading Room.

To visit the library, you must:

Library access is temporarily suspended for the following groups:

University-affiliated groups

  • Stanford Alumni
  • Hospital clinicians and staff (except Lane Library)
  • Continuing Studies
  • Summer program participants
  • Stanford Center for Professional Development

Library-affiliated groups

  • Reciprocal program participants:
    • RLCP (Stanford/UC Berkeley)
    • RSP (Stanford/UC schools)
    • BorrowDirect and BorrowDirect Plus (Stanford/Ivies + Chicago & Duke) 
  • Fee-based library cardholders


For more information, contact Privileges.