COVID-19 update

Stanford Libraries e-resources are available to support you during remote instruction.
At this time, physical access to materials is unavailable and locations remain closed. read more

Access and privileges

Who can access Stanford Libraries?

Library use and borrowing privileges depend on your university or library affiliation. Choose your affiliation for access and borrowing policy details.

Campus ID Card holders

  • Faculty, students, staff, and their spouses and partners
  • Fellows, postdocs
  • Courtesy cardholders
  • Temp/casual staff
  • University visiting scholars

University-affiliated groups

  • Stanford Alumni
  • Hospital clinicians and staff
  • Continuing Studies
  • summer program participants
  • Short-term visiting scholars

Library-affiliated groups

  • Reciprocal program participants:
    • RLCP (Stanford/UC Berkeley)
    • RSP (Stanford/UC schools)
    • BorrowDirect and BorrowDirect Plus (Stanford/Ivies + Chicago & Duke) 
  • Fee-based library cardholders


Visitors have library access for seven free days each year. Visitors must register and present a government-issued photo ID. Tour groups or large groups (three or more) are not allowed inside the Libraries. No exceptions will be granted.

Don’t know where you fall? Contact Privileges.