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Access and privileges

Access policies described here apply to the Stanford University Libraries. Coordinate libraries (e.g., Business, Law, Hoover, Medical) and department libraries (Classics, Philosophy) may have separate access requirements and borrowing policies; consult them directly for information about using their facilities and resources.


Privileges for all students

  • All Stanford students may check out as many books as they would like
  • Media & Microtext items may be checked out for seven days, with no online renewals
  • Interlibrary Borrowing (online delivery of articles and books from other university libraries)  
  • Locker in Green Library
  • Spouses and domestic partners are eligible for a Courtesy Card
  • To copy/print in the libraries, enroll in the StanfordCardPlan or go to to add funds to your University ID Card using a credit/debit card.

Privileges that differ based on student type

  • Direct remote borrowing from UC Berkeley (RLCP) and onsite borrowing at UC Berkeley and other institutions (RSP, ShaRes) is only available for graduate students
  • Dissertation carrels in Green Library are only available for PhD students advanced to candidacy. Study carrels in Green Library's Bing Wing are only available to graduate students.

New to Stanford?

  • Students receive ID Cards, issued by the Campus ID Card Office, that can be used for library access and borrowing; activated SUNet IDs permit access to online library resources.
  • Campus ID Card privileges & SUNet ID activation for new students occurs at the end of July for graduate students and at the end of August for undergrads.
  • Set up your browser for access to Stanford-restricted online library resources from off-campus locations.
  • Consider enrolling in the StanfordCardPlan to use your Campus Card as a debit card for select campus purchases and library printing/copying. These charges will appear on your University bill.

Graduating student checklist

  • Return library materials.
  • Pay all outstanding fines and fees.
  • Empty your library locker.
  • Empty your dissertation carrel (graduate students).  If your carrel was in Green Library, please return your key at the Circulation & Privileges desk.
  • Your student ID card is deactivated after graduation and is no longer valid for library privileges (even if you remain on campus during the summer.) Off-campus access to online resources is also deactivated.
  • Your SUNet ID is valid for 120 days after graduation to give you time to move files, email, etc.