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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.

Visitor access and borrowing

Public access

Members of the public can register for seven free day passes (building access only) each year. Day passes are required for entry into some libraries. You can get them at the visitor kiosks at each Green Library entrance. A valid government-issued picture ID is required for entry. Acceptable IDs include:

  • Driver's license or other state photo identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • 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
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card

For access beyond the free day passes, or for borrowing privileges for non-Stanford-affiliated individuals, we offer a fee-based library membership. Stanford-affiliated groups may qualify for courtesy access and borrowing privileges. 

Alumni access

Stanford alumni qualify for reduced fee-based library membership for additional access and borrowing. Stanford Alumni Association members qualify for seven additional free day passes (with proof of membership).

Will my visitor day pass work at all campus libraries?

Visitor day passes will work at all libraries belonging to SUL. Coordinate libraries (e.g., Business, Hoover, Law, Medical, and SLAC) and department libraries (Classics, Philosophy) have separate access requirements; contact those libraries for details.

Are wireless access and public computers available to visitors?

Visitor wireless internet access is available, but does not provide access to licensed resources. Public computers are available at some locations, including at Green Library near the Information Center.

Will I have access to electronic databases?

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.

Can I use copiers and scanners?

Yes. See Print, Copy, Scan for details.



Stanford Libraries reserves the right to revoke the access privileges of anyone, in any category of user.