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Tours

Tours of the Stanford University Libraries are offered year-round, with special orientation tours for incoming students at the beginning of each academic year. Other special tours include Parents' Weekend, which usually happen in February, and Admit Weekend, which happen in April.

September tours & orientations

Stanford Libraries offer special tours at the beginning of Fall Quarter, many specifically designed for incoming students. Tours of these libraries, as well as of the subject-specific libraries not listed here, can also be arranged by appointment.

Green Library

New students

The Information Center invites new students and their parents to tour Green, explore its world class library collections, and find out how the library can support students' research needs. All tours will last one hour, starting with a physical tour and ending with a demo of online resources. Half-hour tours of Academic Computing Services in Meyer Library are offered immediately afterward. Tours will begin at the Green Library East entrance (across from Meyer Library) on the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 2 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 at 2 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 19 at 10 am

New graduate students

Come to Green Library for an online demo of the amazing array of resources, as well as a librarian-led tour of the building. Each demo/tour will last an hour. Tours will begin at the Green Library East entrance (across from Meyer Library) on the following days and times:

  • Monday, Sept. 15 at 3 pm and 4 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 10 am, 3 pm and 4 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 3 pm

For more information, see Green Library.

Meyer Library

Academic Computing Services offers tours to teach about technology, expertise, and resources available in Meyer Library--including 24-hour computer spaces, the Multimedia Studio, and the Meyer Tech Desk. Half-hour tours are offered immediately after Green Library's tours. Tours will begin at the first floor of Meyer Library (across from Green Library's east entrance) at the following dates and times:

New students and their parents

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 3 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 18 at 3 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 19 at 11 am

For more information, see Meyer Library.

Art & Architecture Library

Learn about the library's circulating and Locked Stacks collections in art, architecture, and design, as well as its growing video art holdings, scanning and design stations, and quiet places to study.  Tours will be held:

  • Monday, Sept. 15 at 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 2 pm

Incoming art students are welcome to attend the tours on Sept. 16 and 17. Orientation tours for new graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History are scheduled as part of graduate student orientation. Library orientations are required for all declared undergraduate majors and minors in art history, studio art, and film and media studies; orientations are scheduled on an individual basis.

For more information, see Art & Architecture Library.

Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections

Orientation sessions for incoming School of Earth Sciences students are arranged at the beginning of Fall Quarter. Orientations for other students and researchers are available for the Earth Sciences Library, Map Collections, and GIS Services, and can be arranged year-round.

For more information, see Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections.

Engineering Library (Terman)

New graduate students are invited to an online demo of the amazing array of library resources from all of the science and engineering libraries at Stanford. Demos will be held in the MacKenzie Room on the 3rd floor of the Huang Center on:

  • Thursday, Sept. 18 from 12:30-1:30 pm and 2-3 pm

You'll learn about research databases, books, e-journals, and more. You can also visit the Engineering Library's Gadget Bar and try out tablets and e-readers.

The Engineering Library will also hold an Open House. Drop by to meet your librarians and join us for coffee, juice, and treats on:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 8:30-10:30 am
  • Thursday, Sept. 25 from 8:30-10:30 am

For more information, see Engineering Library (Terman).

Mathematics & Statistics Library

Learn to navigate the library, locate print and online books and journals, use the interlibrary loan service, and more. Tours will be held on:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 26 from 10:15-11:15 am and 1:15-2:15 pm

Take the elevator to the 4th floor of Bldg. 380 (the Math Corner) in the Main Quad. There is no stair access.

Students and researchers may also contact Linda Yamamoto at linday@stanford.edu or (650) 723-0864 to arrange a personalized introduction to the library. Tours can also be arranged year-round.

For more information, see Mathematics & Statistics Library.

Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound

The Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound will hold tours on

  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 10-11 am and 11 am-noon

Each tour is limited to 25 participants; additional tours can be arranged.

Incoming Music Department graduate students are urged to contact Ray Heigemeir to arrange a personalized introduction to the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound. Contact Ray at raymondh@stanford.edu or (650) 384-9985, or Jerry McBride at jerry.mcbride@stanford.edu or (650) 725-1146.

For more information, see Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound.

Swain Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library

Tours of Swain Library will begin at the Circulation Desk, and last about an hour. Advanced registration is required. (Max. 15 users per session. Register at http://bit.ly/SciEngWorkshops.) Tours will be held on:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 9-10 am and 1-2 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 9:30-10:30 and 2-3 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 26 from 11 am-12 noon and 3-4 pm

For more information, see Swain Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library.