The Swain Library offers broad coverage of chemistry and chemical engineering resources. Due to licensing restrictions, access to some online resources is limited to current Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Quiet study areas with lots of natural light are available. Computers are available in the front of the library and in a training area that is located in the back reading room. Course reserves and iPads that circulate are available from the Swain Library's circulation desk. Reference help is available in-person and via email. Topic and course guides provide "one-stop" shopping for key resources.


364 Lomita Drive
Organic Chemistry Building
Stanford, CA 94305-5081


Chemistry and Chemical Engineering grad students, postdocs, faculty, and visiting scholars with a current Stanford ID plus faculty from any department are eligible for 24-hour access to Swain. All applicants are required to attend a one-hour orientation tour.


The Swain Library is partially accessible to people with limited mobility. Ask at the desk for help in getting items located in compact shelving or on upper/lower shelves. If you will need staff assistance, please call the Swain Library in advance.


The Swain Library is located in the Organic Chemistry Building, a one-story, pink-colored, cement block building that is set back from the street on Lomita Drive. Swain’s entrance door is located on the southwest side of the building, facing the Stauffer I Building.

Transit and parking

Marguerite P, C, and V to the Main Quad. Metered parking is available in the Roth Way Garage (must use coins) and along Lomita Drive (pay with credit card or dollar bills). After parking in the Roth Way Garage, cross at Roth Way and the North/South Mall.