Special policies

Photography in Stanford University Library buildings

Permission of the University Librarian is required for all photography within SUL buildings.  Information about how to request permission to film or photograph are available here. You may be asked by staff to show your permit to photograph.

Guidelines for counsel seeking discovery

Stanford University Libraries (SUL) frequently receives requests from law firms and researchers soliciting information about the date a work was made available to the public through SUL. These guidelines include significant and useful background information on SUL procedures, and are designed to save time for both SUL and those seeking information.

General access policies

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, including persons whom it reasonably believes would disrupt or have disrupted its normal business operation.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Disrupting the study and work environment of the library
  • Violating Universtiy policies of any kind
  • Vandalism, theft, or defacement of library materials and or any Stanford property
  • Deliberate misuse or excessive use of material or equipment that prevents acccess by other users or staff
  • Violating Library policies, such as, but not limted to:
    • Food and Beverage: Eating or drinking in not permitted in the libraries. Only water in a sealable container is permitted.
    • Bags of exiting patrons must be presented to exit desk staff at designated libraries. All library materials must be properly checked out before exiting the library.
    • Visitor registration: Visitors must register for each visit at designated kiosks. Badges must be worn and visible at all times. Users may not create multiple accounts to attempt to circumvent the limited free building access.
    • Solicitation of any kind is not permitted, including posting signs and surveying users.
    • Do not distrub the research of other library users. Users who engage in behavior that distracts or intimidates other users or staff will be asked to leave. SUL expects users to be respectful of others when using computers or other equipment. The open display of some materials may create an intimidating, hositile or offensive environment for others. Users should respect the desire of others to not be exposed to materials they find offensive.
    • Library borrower responsibilities
    • Refrain from any disruptive activity, loud or excessive talking, or behavior that distracts or intimidates other patrons and staff.
    • Do not occupy library space in an inappropriate manner, such as napping or loitering.