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
Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP)
- RLCP is an agreement between SUL and UC Berkeley. See RLCP description 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 our database.
- Eligible Stanford visitors to UC Berkeley must present their Stanford ID Card for access and borrowing.
Reciprocal Services Program (RSP)
- RSP involves reciprocal borrowing privileges between Stanford and the University of California campuses. For more information, see RSP description and instructions to obtain a RSP Card).
- 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.
Research Libraries Group Shared Resources Services (ShaRes)
- See ShaRes description and list of member libraries
- Faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and academic staff, and professional library staff of partners' institutions are permitted courtesy access to ShaRes member libraries.
- Present a valid university ID for entry.
- Access to materials unavailable via Interlibrary Borrowing (e.g., media; Special Collections) are available via ShaRes for onsite use.
- Users who want to borrow from a ShaRes library should request items from their home institution's Interlibrary Borrowing department.