The Libraries are resuming limited in-person research activities by appointment only as part of the University's Research Restart Plan.
Learn more about the Libraries' entry requirements and available services.

Access and privileges

Visitor access and borrowing

All visitors are eligible for courtesy access to Stanford Libraries for 7 days in a 12 month period. You must register for a visitor badge with a government-issued photo ID (see below). If you’d like to visit beyond your annual number of courtesy days, or if you would like to borrow library materials, you can purchase a fee-based library card.

PLEASE NOTE: As a private institution situated on its privately-owned property, Stanford has the legal right to bar anyone from any or all parts of its premises. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior of any kind may result in suspension of visitor access and borrowing privileges.

Visitor badges

Visitor badges are only issued at: Art Library, East Asia Library, Green Library, and SAL1&2. Coordinate libraries (e.g., Business, Hoover, Law, Medical, and SLAC) and department libraries (Classics, Philosophy) have separate access requirements; please contact those libraries for details. Visitor badges must be worn at all times while inside the Libraries and are non-transferable.

Acceptable IDs for visitor access:

  • U.S. state-issued Driver's License or ID card
  • U.S. passport or U.S. passport card
  • Department of Defense military identification card (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
  • Permanent resident card
  • U.S. border crossing card
  • Native American tribal photo ID
  • Foreign government-issued passport, national ID card, or foreign driver's license with English text
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card

IDs must not be expired or reproduced in any form.

The information you provide on our visitor registration is secure and not shared with any third parties. We do not capture or store driver’s license or passport numbers.


Alumni are eligible for an additional 7 courtesy days. You’ll need to show proof of your alumni status at the Circulation & Privileges Desk at Green Library. You also qualify for a discounted fee-based library card for additional access and borrowing privileges.

Wireless access

Visitor wireless internet access is available across campus and within the libraries. Wifi does not include access to licensed library online content and databases.

Public computers

A limited number of public computers are available at each branch library. Green Library has public computers near the Information Center. Stanford Libraries reserves the right to limit the amount of time spent using public computers. Students, faculty, and staff have priority when computers and other library resources are in high demand.

Electronic resources

Licensed electronic resources are available from computers located in the libraries. However, some databases are restricted to Stanford University faculty, staff, students, and other authorized Stanford-affiliated users. Contact individual libraries if you have questions about a specific online resource.

Tour groups

Tour-groups (of any size) or other large groups are not permitted inside Stanford Libraries buildings. No exceptions will be granted.

Field trips

Only field trips facilitated by a Stanford Librarian are permitted inside Stanford Libraries buildings.


Minors must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times. The legal guardian must have an acceptable government-issued ID. Minors are not eligible to purchase fee-based library memberships.

Copiers and scanners

See Print, Copy, Scan for details.

See also

For any questions or concerns, please contact Privileges.