Access and privileges

Fee-based library cards

You can visit the Libraries seven days a year for no cost. To continue to use the libraries, you will need to purchase a non-refundable Library Card. You must complete the online application for a Stanford Libraries library card before you visit; no walk-ins will be accepted. We will send instructions for paying for your library card after we receive your application. You can renew your card by submitting another application. Lost card replacement fee is $25.
Please note: Fee-based cardholders are not eligible for off-campus access to e-resources, interlibrary borrowing, or lockers/carrels in Green Library.

Access-only card


  • Physical access to Stanford Libraries
  • In-house use of library materials
  • In-house use of most electronic databases and online journals


  12 months 3 months 1 month 1 week 1 day
Alumni $100 $40 $15 N/A $10
Other individuals $300 $100 $50 $25 $10

Access and borrowing


  • Access (see above)
  • Place holds
  • Online renewals and account access (you'll receive a login PIN)
  • Checkout up to 25 items at a time from the following libraries:
    • Art & Architecture
    • Branner Earth Sciences
    • Cubberley Education
    • East Asia
    • Graduate School of Business
    • Green
    • Music
    • Science (Li & Ma)
    • Stanford Auxiliary (SAL 1&2, SAL3)
    • Terman Engineering


  12 months 3 months
Alumni $400 $125
Other individuals $800 $250


For any questions or concerns, please contact Privileges.