The majority of collections are housed on site and are readily available. A small number are stored off site and require advance notice to access.


Hoover Institution Library 550 Serra Mall Stanford CA 94305-6010


The reading room is on the ground floor of Hoover Tower.

Transit and Parking 

Stanford Marguerite Shuttle: From the Palo Alto Train Station/Transit Center, take the Line Y (clockwise is fastest) or Line X shuttle to the corner of Serra and Galvez. Parking: The day-use parking lot on Galvez Street at Campus Drive accepts currency, coins, and credit cards.


The library is accessible by a ramp on the west side of Hoover Tower, next to the Cummings Art Building. For assistance, please call (650) 723-2058.


Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, the Hoover Library and Archives are among the world’s most important repositories for unique archival materials and rare publications on political, social, and economic change in the modern era.

While the Hoover Archives specializes primarily in unpublished materials (personal papers, sound recordings, posters, etc.), the Hoover Library is the Institution's repository for published books, serials, newspapers, and government documents. (Both the Library and Archives have pamphlets). The Library has particularly strong holdings on the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union, Russian emigres, the world wars, the Paris Peace Conference, the League of Nations, and political and ideological movements of the 20th century.