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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.

Short-term Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars who do not have an official sponsorship by a Stanford University department may visit the library as members of the public.

Visiting Scholars with a Stanford sponsorship for a visit shorter than 90 days must complete and sign an application for a SUL Card at Privileges in Green Library. The SUL Card:

  • Allows building access only (no borrowing privileges), unless the residency is more than four weeks.
  • Requires a government-issued photo ID for access-only privileges.
  • Requires two forms of identification for borrowing privileges.
  • Does not include off-campus access to online resources. For this, short-term Visiting Scholars should ask their affiliated department about getting a sponsored SUNet ID.

Visitors need to obtain guest wireless sponsorship from a Stanford community member for wireless internet access inside the libraries and this does not include access to licensed online content and databases. Library staff cannot sponsor visitors.

Visiting Scholars with appointments longer than 90 days are eligible for Campus ID cards. Detailed information can be found on the Visiting Scholar page.