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Cecil H. Green Library

Rendering of new McMurtry Art & Art History Building

On Thursday, June 25th, the Art & Architecture Library will temporarily close as it begins the relocation process to its new home in the heart of the McMurtry Art & Art History Building. The Art & Architecture Library will reopen on Monday, August 24th.

The collection will not be accessible from June 25th to August 23rd. Materials may not be viewed onsite, checked out, or paged to another campus library as they will either be in transit between locations or in the process of being reshelved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Any Art materials needed over the summer should be checked out prior to June 25th. Please contact Interlibrary Borrowing to obtain titles not available from the Art & Architecture Library during the closure period. As is always the case, Art & Architecture Library materials may be returned at any Stanford library.

The new Art & Architecture Library will comprise the second floor of the new McMurtry Building, appearing as a floating glass box suspended within the embrace of the Building’s art practice and art study strands. Included in the new Library facility are a variety of study and seating options, graduate study carrels, media viewing rooms, an exhibition area and much more. The entire current collection of the Library, numbering approximately 165,000 volumes and DVDs, will move to the new facility. This figure includes the Library’s Art Locked Stacks collection, numbering approximately 9,000 unique and special items, which will be housed in a climate controlled collection area within the Library’s collections area.

For updates during the moving process, please visit the Art & Architecture Library website:

To contact the Art & Architecture Library staff, please email:

Garvin Mine, Arkansas

You know you've made people mad when they hang you in effigy.

Before John Casper Branner came to Stanford, he spent several years as the State Geologist of Arkansas. In 1887-1888, he and his team completed the second-ever geological survey in Arkansas -- and the first in 30 years. Residents of the state were intent on having Branner verify the various reports of gold in the area; companies were busy making money off prospectors willing to buy up gold stock that promised riches and wealth.

This week's Branner 100 exhibit tells the story of the Second Arkansas Geological Survey.

Are you busier than you have been all year? 
Are you cranky and sleep-deprived?

That can only mean one thing. Finals week and the end of the quarter are quickly approaching. Students are preparing to complete all their projects and stay awake as long as it takes. 

So if you are feeling overworked, and under-caffeinated or just not being fully appreciated, Stanford University Libraries can help. We have people and material that are available to assist with your information needs.

Here are a few tips that may be useful:

  1. If you need help with assignments, please contact the Information Center.
  2. There are lots of places to study.
  3. To help you unwind, please check out video games and movies in the Media & Microtext Center.
  4. If you want to read a fun book, we have plenty, including a Graphic Novels display (see image) by the Information Center (IC) Desk.
  5. We also have jigsaw puzzles and legos located, near the IC Desk as well.

There are a lot of general study tips resources available from the University.

There are also peer counseling services available everyday, all day.

This exhibition honors faculty research from the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. Many of the papers highlighted in this exhibition are seminal works in the fields of energy, environmental sciences and climate change, and geologic and geophysical research.

Ever wondered what the most checked out books by Stanford authors were at Branner Library? So did we. Included in the exhibit are two such titles that are frequently used: Introduction to Geochemistry by Prof. Dennis Bird and Reservoir Geomechanics by Prof. Mark Zoback. Other notable titles are more recent, such as books authored by Dean Pam Matson and Prof. Rosamond Naylor.

A sampling of faculty titles on display at Branner Library.