Visitor information

Guidelines and Library Facts

The primary purpose of the Stanford University Libraries is to serve the academic and research needs of the faculty, students and staff. Persons not currently members of the Stanford community may use some of the Libraries’ collections and facilities. Visitors must agree to yield to the needs of our primary clientele when necessary, particularly when the library is very busy.  

Before you arrive

Terman Library offers a large a portion of our collection only online so that more library space is available for group and individual study. As a result, older print material formerly on the shelves may now be at the Stanford Auxiliary Library 3 (SAL3). Items shelved at SAL3 can be requested to return to campus for your use. This takes 1-2 working days. The item can then be checked out by those with privileges, or retained in the library for use over multiple days as requested. If you need assistance, please e-mail us.  To prevent unnecessary trips and minimize frustration, check SearchWorks first in order to request any items you need which are no longer on the local shelves before coming to the library. 

For those who plan to print or copy, you will need to purchase a print card to pay. Otherwise, you may want to bring a thumbdrive with you to save scanned documents instead.  Scanners at the library are free, but limited in number.

For Alumni

Alumni who are interested in using the Engineering Library should consult the Stanford Libraries alumni access and borrowing policy.

For other visitors

Visitors to Stanford with no affiliation to the University may visit the campus branches of the library for a limited number of times. Following seven (7) visits, visitors may decide to pursue further access privileges or borrowing privileges at the Green Library.

Visitors are welcome to come in and use our public computers to access electronic resources but please be aware that access to many of our resources is limited to only current students, faculty and staff. Our library is not intended to function as a primary resource for information professionals or others working for local business firms and individuals. If you require access to databases and other resources for such work on a regular basis, you or your company, should plan to subscribe to them. 

Borrowing cards are arranged through the Privileges Desk at Green Library. Terman Library cannot issue borrowing cards. For more information, please view our access and privileges page.

Please sign our guestbook when you visit the Terman Library.

Visitor wireless access 

Please visit the IT Services wireless access for Stanford visitors page for more information.  Library staff are not authorized to approve "Sponsored Guest" accounts.

Excluded services 

Visitors may not use the reserve collections, interlibrary loan services, and databases or online book and journal resources if use is restricted by contract to Stanford faculty, students, and staff.  A partial, but by no means complete list of those restricted resources includes: Compendex/Engineering Villiage; CRCnetBASE; Elsevier/ScienceDirect; SAE Digital Library; Techstreet Standards Online; xSearch database.  In addition, Safari Online books do not usually allow downloads of greater than 10 pages at a time.