Access and privileges

Who can access Stanford Libraries?

Some library spaces are open. To comply with safety guidelines, we can only permit a limited number of people in these spaces and hours have been reduced. You must be a member of the Stanford community and meet all the following requirements. You will need an appointment to visit Special Collections.

To visit the library, you must:

  • Have an active Stanford ID card. If you are on leave, your ID card may not be active.
  • Have an active SUNet ID. This is required to complete the Health Check Tool (below).
  • Have approval to be on campus in the academic zone and follow all the required University protocols for campus visits.
  • Complete the COVID-19 Hygiene Best Practices, EHS-2470-WEB in STARS.
  • Participate in the COVID-19 surveillance testing each week you are planning to visit a library location, as required by university policy. Please reference these testing instruction links for faculty, staff, and postdocs and for students.
  • Additionally, on the day of your visit:
    • Bring your active Stanford University ID card to enter the building.
    • Complete the Stanford Health Check Tool to self-report your health status. You may be asked to display your Health Check Tool status. 
      • Do not come to the library if you are sick or feel unwell.
      • Do not come to the library if you are under self-isolation orders by the University or a medical professional.
  • Adhere to safety guidelines while in the library:
    • Wear a face covering at all times.
    • Follow signs for queue instructions.
    • Adhere to six-feet physical distancing guidelines.
    • Do not attempt to use group study rooms that are posted as closed.
    • Do not move chairs or other furniture that are positioned for physical distancing guidelines.

Library access is temporarily suspended for the following groups:

University-affiliated groups

  • Stanford Alumni
  • Hospital clinicians and staff
  • Continuing Studies
  • Summer program participants
  • Short-term visiting scholars

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.