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Using the Center

COVID-19 Impact: Items available for paging

As of 6/29/20, David Rumsey Map Center materials are now pageable for use in the Special Collections reading room. Use of materials is by appointment only, restricted to the following Stanford ID cardholders: Stanford professors (including emeriti), post-docs, graduate students, fellows, and Stanford visiting scholars. You must first request materials in SearchWorks. Once your materials arrive, you will be able to schedule an appointment to visit the Special Collections reading room.


Location and Entrance

The David Rumsey Map Center is located in the Bing Wing of Green Library. The entrance to the Center is located in the Rotunda area, on the right as you enter from the staircase at the Bing Wing portal. You will need to ascend two staircases to access the Center. Elevator access, if necessary, is available near the Bing Wing Entrance. Take the elevator to the 4th floor and ring the bell for access between 1 pm and 5 pm only.


The David Rumsey Map Center is open to all Stanford students, faculty and staff as well as members of the general public who wish to access our materials. An appointment is not necessary to visit the Center between the hours of 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The morning hours are reserved for research consultations, workshops, and classes that use the Center’s resources, and other related events. 

Please check our hours calendar before planning your research visit. Also note that the University is closed for two weeks each year during winter break.

Request materials

Materials may need to be paged to the reading room 48 hours in advance, excluding weekends and holidays. For example, a request made prior to noon on Monday will be fullfilled on or before Wednesday 1 pm; a request made on Friday will be available Tuesday.  Stanford Community members will need to show their current Stanford I.D. to the portal monitors when entering Green Library; Center staff will also ask for your I.D. when entering the Center. Please note that the David Rumsey Map Center is not an open study space but it is a center for viewing paged materials and using the technology available in the center through mediation by Center staff.

Non-Stanford users: Please bring a current government or university issued photo I.D.  For non-Stanford visitors wishing to make subsequent visits to the David Rumsey Map Center, a new pass will have to be obtained from Green Library for each day of access. To obtain the pass, please consult with a Green Library portal monitor. Patrons must request materials one full business day before planned date of use.  Paging materials occurs through the item’s Searchworks record. Digital images are available for many of our physical holdings.



We ask that you adhere to the Center’s polices to help us maintain a friendly and secure research and teaching environment and to preserve the center's materials for future generations. Contact the Center if you have any questions about these policies:

  • All personal belongings, with the exception of laptops, cell phones, or small hand-held cameras, must be stored in an assigned locker. 
  • Paper and pencils for notetaking will be provided.
  • Center staff will provide foam cradles that will physically support bound materials; book weights will be provided as needed.
  • All flat material should lie flat on the table and be independent of other materials.
  • You may be given up to five items for viewing at one time.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the Center.


Personal cameras may be used to photograph center materials at the discretion of Center Staff. Photographs taken by patrons may be used for personal reference and research only; for information on photography for publication, please read our Copyright & Fair Use site. Patrons who wish to use personal cameras must, in addition to the rules above, agree to the following conditions:

  • Photographs taken by users may be used for personal reference and research purposes only. Many of the maps and atlases available at the Center are also viewable online and available for download at very high resolution. For materials not available online, users may request a digital reproduction using this form.
  •  Use of a flash, outside lights, scanners, tripods, templates, or other equipment is prohibited.
  • The preservation needs of the material outweigh the technical limitations of the camera. Center staff can decide at any time that material needs to be imaged using our digital reproduction service.
  • Materials must remain flat on the desk or in the stand/cradle provided.
  • Patrons may not push on bindings, stand on tables/chairs, or hold up materials in order to obtain a better quality picture.
  • Images may not be added to the holdings of another library or archival repository.
  • Photography of other users or library staff is prohibited.
  • The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Any person using personal photography equipment is liable for any infringement.
  • The patron will adhere to any and all of the restrictions that govern the research use of a specific collection.
  • The Center reserves the right to prohibit photography of any of its collections.