All libraries are CLOSED due to poor air quality. Online services are available.
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The Libraries are resuming limited in-person research activities by appointment only as part of the University's Research Restart Plan.
Learn more about the Libraries' entry requirements and available services.


I’m looking for e-resources on a topic. Where do I start?

Most of our collections are accessible through SearchWorks, but not all. If SearchWorks does not return the e-resource you want, we recommend connecting with your subject specialist for personalized assistance. Additionally, here are more tools for locating e-resources:

  • Check out our library topic guides.
  • Use one of our many databases, such as xSearch, to search for e-resources.
  • Use Browzine to browse journal titles and create your own virtual bookshelf.

Last updated on June 4th, 2020


How do I access an article or a book that the library does not have?

You can always reach out to a subject specialist for personalized assistance. For specific e-resources, you can also:

Last updated on June 4th, 2020


Can I check out books and other physical library materials?

Current Stanford ID cardholders can now request library materials from Green library and select library branches. Read more about requesting library materials.

Last updated on June 12th, 2020

Are library spaces open?

To support research at Stanford, some of our library spaces are open, many by appointment only. In order to comply with safety guidelines, we can only permit a limited number of people in these spaces. At this time, access to these spaces is limited to the following current Stanford ID cardholders: 

  • Professors, including emeriti
  • Post-docs
  • Graduate students
  • Academic staff
  • Fellows
  • Stanford Visiting Scholars

Read more information about limited access to library spaces.

Last updated June 17th, 2020


My library materials are due. How do I return them?

Some loan periods have been extended in response to COVID-19.  To check the status of your items, please check My Account. If you have questions use the 'Contact Us' link from My Account.

If you wish to return materials now, you are welcome to do so by mail or one of the open backdrops.

Attn: Book Return
Cecil H. Green Library Circulation Desk
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6063

We recommend you use a carrier that allows you to track and insure the materials.

Last updated June 12th, 2020