Swain offers broad coverage of chemistry and chemical engineering in a collection that contains over 44,000 print volumes, 375 current e-journal subscriptions, and many online books and reference materials. Theses from the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments from the mid-1950's to the present are also available. Due to licensing restrictions, access to some online resources is limited to current Stanford students, faculty, and staff.


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.