The Special Collections and University Archives Department of Stanford University Libraries is committed to acquiring, preserving, and providing access to primary source materials that support the research needs of the Stanford community and beyond. There are three distinct divisions in our department: Manuscripts, Rare Books and University Archives. We welcome all students, scholars and members of the general public to the Field Reading Room. Learn more about using and accessing our collections.

In this library Phone Email
Field Reading Room (650) 725-1022 specialcollections@stanford.edu


Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064


Members of the Stanford community must show a current Stanford ID. Non-Stanford users must show a current photo ID. All users must register upon their first visit every academic year. All of our materials are located off site. Patrons must request materials 2 full business days before planned date of use. In some cases, paging may take up to a week. Phone reference is by appointment only.


Accessible to customers with limited mobility.


We are located on the second floor of Green Library, Bing Wing.

Transit and parking

Marguerite lines X,Y,C lines to Hoover Tower. Green Library is behind Hoover Tower.


Assistant University Librarian and Director of Special Collections. Frances and Charles Field Curator of Special Collections