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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.

Fee-based library memberships

To purchase access and borrowing privileges beyond the courtesy period offered to all visitors, apply for a SUL Card in person at Privileges in Green Library. Applications must be complete and fees paid before privileges begin. Payments can be made by cash or check. All applications require presentation of a government-issued photo ID, such as a Driver's license or a passport.  Alumni rates require proof of alumni status. The Fee-based, SUL Card:

  • Is nonrefundable

  • Has a 25 item checkout limit (borrowing levels only)

  • Does not permit users to request material that is on-order

  • Allows users to place holds on material (borrowing levels only)

  • May be used to page material (access and borrowing levels)

Fee-based memberships do not include off-campus access to online resources. Databases and online journals are generally accessible from SUL's public computers, though some are only available to the Stanford community. Please inquire about the availablity of specific resources. 

Access only, no borrowing

  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 (25 item limit)

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