The primary purpose of the Stanford Libraries is to serve the academic and research needs of Stanford faculty, students, and staff. Persons not currently members of the Stanford community may use some of the library's collections and facilities. Visitors must agree to voluntarily yield to the needs of the Stanford community when necessary, particularly when the library is very busy. For location of the libraries, please see Stanford Libraries map.
Before you arrive
If you know in advance the item(s) in which you are interested, check SearchWorks, the online catalog for Stanford University Libraries, to see whether we hold the item(s) and where they are shelved. Items shelved at the Stanford Auxiliary Library 3 (SAL3) can be paged to campus for your use. This typically takes one to two business days. SAL3 items can be checked out by those with borrowing privileges or retained in the library for use for up to seven days.
For those who plan to print or copy, please be aware that Stanford no longer accepts cash for printing or copying. You may want to bring a thumb drive with you to save scanned documents instead. Scanning at the library is free, but scanners are limited in number.
Alumni who are interested in using the Science Library should consult the Stanford Libraries alumni access and borrowing policy.
For other visitors
Visitors are welcome to use our public computers to access electronic resources, but please be aware that access to many of our resources is limited to current faculty, students, and staff.
Visitor wireless access
Please visit Stanford IT Services' wireless access for Stanford visitors page for more information. Library staff are not authorized to approve "Sponsored Guest" accounts.
Visitors may not use the reserve collections, interlibrary loan services, and databases or online book and journal resources if use is restricted to Stanford faculty, students, and staff.
Limited metered parking is available in Roth Way Garage at Roth Way and Campus Drive West, in the lot along Lomita Drive, and other nearby locations. Metered parking is $1.50 per hour (coins only) and limited to two hours. Visitor "scratchers" for parking all day can be purchased at various locations on campus. Parking is free on campus after 6:00 pm and on weekends. See Stanford University’s Visitor Parking page for additional information, which also contains information on parking for visitors with disabilities.
Map and driving directions
You may also want to view the full campus map.
Via Interstate 280 - Exit Alpine Road east toward Stanford University. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Junipero Serra Boulevard. Turn left at the first stoplight, Campus Drive West, and continue around Campus Drive West to Roth Way. Turn right at Roth Way.
Via Interstate 101 – Take the Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford University. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero turns into Galvez Road as it enters the University. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center of campus. Turn right at Campus Drive East. Turn left at Roth Way, the third stop sign after the Palm Drive intersection.
Via El Camino Real – Exit El Camino Real at University Avenue. Turn west toward the hills (away from the center of Palo Alto). As you enter Stanford, University Avenue becomes Palm Drive. Turn right at Campus Drive the turn left onto Roth Way.