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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.

Library cooperative programs

BorrowDirect: Resource sharing with the Ivy Plus Libraries

Overview and online requests for shared inventory

BorrowDirect is a resource sharing partnership of 13 Ivy Plus academic institutions. The Stanford community will be able to search and request items from BorrowDirect partner libraries starting in the end of Spring 2017. Currently, the Stanford community can request materials from these and other libraries through SUL's Interlibrary and Information Delivery Services. At the launch of the BorrowDirect program, Stanford's information delivery team will push Stanford requests into the BorrowDirect mechanism. Books received from partner libraries' are made available for checkout from Stanford circulation desks. Patrons will use their Stanford My Account with SUNetID  to manage these books. All BorrowDirect books have a 12-week maximum checkout. The initial loan period is 6 weeks, with one renewal of 6 weeks. If patrons require access longer, they must request another copy. 

On-site reciprocal access and borrowing at Ivy Plus institutions

On-site reciprocal access and borrowing is currently available for BorrowDirect patrons. Stanford faculty, students, and staff are issued access and borrowing cards when visiting participating schools and Stanford reciprocates this service for BorrowDirect patrons visiting Stanford's campus.

For Stanford faculty, students and staff visiting the Ivy Plus institutions

Eligibility, registration requirements, and circulation rules vary by each participating institution. You may be required to log into My Account with SUNetID, present your University ID Card, and/or show a valid government issued ID Card when you visit a participating library.

For Ivy Plus in-person visitors to Stanford University Libraries (SUL)
  • Students, faculty, and staff at participating Ivies Plus BorrowDirect institutions can apply for a SUL Card at the Privileges Desk at Green Library. You must present a current government-issued ID, your home university ID card, and your active BorrowDirect account.
  • SUL Cards cost $10 and expire annually; re-activation of expired cards is free. Replacement fee for lost cards is $25.
  • The SUL Card is not accepted at the following libraries: Crown Law Library, Lane Medical Library, Lathrop Library, Graduate School of Business Library, Hopkins Marine Station's Miller Library, the Classics Library. 
  • Loan periods vary. Generally, books circulate from Green Library for 28 days. A 25 item limit applies. Some items only circulate to Stanford patrons (e.g., course reserves, equipment, some media items). Other lending restrictions may apply depending on library and material type. Items may be recalled from you resulting in a shorter loan period.
  • Ivies Plus BorrowDirect Plus patrons are personally responsible for all fines and fees. Please use the My Account without SUNetID to renew books, manage holds/pages and to pay fines.

Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP)

  • RLCP is an agreement between Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley. See the RLCP description for more in-depth instructions and eligibility.
  • UC Berkeley visitors to Stanford must show a government-issued ID card and a UC ID card for entry to some libraries and to borrow materials. Eligible users have records in the Stanford library database. Use My Account without SUNetID to view your account, renew books, manage holds/pages and to pay fines.
  • Eligible Stanford visitors to UC Berkeley must present their Stanford ID Card for access and borrowing.

Reciprocal Services Program (RSP)

  • RSP is a reciprocal borrowing program between Stanford and the University of California campuses. See the RSP description for instructions and eligibility.
  • RSP visitors to Stanford who are not covered by the RLCP program (above) must present government-issued ID, a valid UC ID Card, and a RSP Card for entry to some libraries and to borrow materials.
  • Stanford visitors to cooperative member sites must obtain a RSP Card from Green Library prior to their visit at the member site.