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Access and privileges

Access policies described here apply to the Stanford University Libraries. Coordinate libraries (e.g., Business, Law, Hoover, Medical) and department libraries (Classics, Philosophy) may have separate access requirements and borrowing policies; consult them directly for information about using their facilities and resources.

Library cooperative programs

Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP)

  • RLCP is an agreement between SUL and UC Berkeley.  See RLCP description and eligibility 
  • UC Berkeley visitors to Stanford must show a government-issued ID card and a UC ID card for entry to some libraries, and to borrow materials. Eligible users have records in our database.
  • Eligible Stanford visitors to UC Berkeley must present their Stanford ID Card for access and borrowing.

Reciprocal Services Program (RSP) 

  • RSP involves reciprocal borrowing privileges between Stanford and the University of California campuses. For more information, see RSP description and instructions to obtain a RSP Card).
  • RSP visitors to Stanford, who are not covered by the RLCP program (above), must present government-issued ID, a valid UC ID Card, and a RSP Card for entry to some libraries, and to borrow materials.
  • Stanford visitors to cooperative member sites must obtain a RSP Card from Green Library.

Research Libraries Group Shared Resources Services (ShaRes)

  • See ShaRes description and list of member libraries
  • Faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and academic staff, and professional library staff of partners' institutions are permitted courtesy access to ShaRes member libraries.
  • Present a valid university ID for entry.
  • Access to materials unavailable via Interlibrary Borrowing (e.g., media; Special Collections) are available via ShaRes for onsite use.
  • Users who want to borrow from a ShaRes library should request items from their home institution's Interlibrary Borrowing department.