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Use of materials in the Field Room

2020 access

From the West’s first typeset book: A leaf of the Gutenberg Bible  Mainz: Johann Gutenberg, 1454—1455Access to the Field Room is by appointment only, restricted to these current Stanford ID cardholders:

  • Professors, including emeriti

  • Post-docs

  • Graduate students

  • Fellows

  • Stanford visiting scholars


Please note:

Seating is one person per table at all times

Face coverings must be worn at all times

Wash hands before entering and re-entering reading room

Please practice physical/social distancing at all times

Please do not enter the reading room if another person is being assisted ahead of you; Public Service staff will indicate when it is appropriate to enter

We will assist one person at a time at the reference desk. Please wait until there is no one at the desk before approaching

Blue note paper and pencils are available for note taking 

Only these items are allowed in the Reading Room: personal computers, pencils, tablets, phones (for photography only). All other personal items are to be stored in a locker

Return Special Collections materials with ample time to access lockers before closing, and retrieve personal belongings only when the locker area is clear of other patrons