Special policies

Conduct policy

In all of its branches, the Stanford Libraries seek to provide patrons with a safe and productive environment suitable for reading, studying, and other scholarly activities. Our conduct policy supports that objective.

When visiting Stanford Libraries, you must:

  • Present your Stanford ID Card, Stanford Libraries Card or register for visitor access. As a visitor, you must present an accepted form of identification, register for each visit at designated entry kiosks, and display your guest badge at all times.
  • Prepare your bags for inspection at Library exit desks, if requested.
  • Properly check out all Libraries materials before exiting the library.
  • Comply with all University and Library policies, including permission for photography or video and borrower responsibilities.
  • Observe a general culture of quiet in our buildings. Conversation is welcomed in the service desk and lobby areas, group study rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Please take phone calls to the lobby or outside and please do not leave your personal belongings unattended.

Please do not:

  • Consume any food or beverages in the Libraries, except water in sealable containers, unless granted explicit permission for events.
  • Carry or use scooters, bicycles, hoverboards, skateboards, skates, or other personal transportation within the Library, except for equipment used by persons with disabilities.
  • Harm, threaten, or intimidate others (e.g., abusive language, shouting, staring, threats of violence, harassment, indecent exposure). We consider excessive engagement with staff a disruption.
  • Disrupt other patrons or staff with noise (e.g., talking, music) or engage in inappropriate behaviors (e.g., sexual activities).
  • Prevent others from accessing Library resources (e.g., taking excessive space; remaining in bathrooms for excessive periods of time; excessive sleeping).
  • Circumvent visitor registration procedures to gain extra access. Do not create multiple accounts, attempt free visits, or enter without required identification.
  • Share your SUNet ID, Stanford ID Card, or Stanford Libraries Card to allow another person to visit the Library, check out materials, or access electronic resources.
  • Use computers or online resources in a way that creates a disturbance for others around (e.g., noise, pornography, disturbing images) or violates copyright or license agreements.
  • Misuse, damage, or tamper with Library property (e.g., graffiti, standing on tables, unplugging equipment).
  • Damage or deface Library materials (e.g., writing in books; folding or tearing pages; removing security devices).
  • Misplace or sequester books to deliberately prevent others from finding them. Do not rearrange or reshelve books. Books kept in study carrels and lockers must be checked out. 
  • Solicit, petition, or sell anything on the premises. Do no post or distribute any materials without permission.
  • Take materials out of the library that have not been checked-out (theft).
  • Refuse bag inspection at library exits.
  • Refuse to return to the service desk if an exit alarm sounds.
  • Use emergency building exits, except in emergency situations.
  • Leave a minor unattended.
  • Fail to leave the library at closing time.
  • Return to a library if banned.
  • Fail to show identification upon request.
  • Bring animals into the library, except service animals.


Stanford Libraries has a low tolerance for disturbances and misuse of Library resources and space. Report disturbances to any staff member or service desk or, if appropriate, directly to Public Safety.  Library staff are empowered to interpret and enforce Library and University policies and will call Public Safety for assistance, if necessary. If you violate Libraries policies, staff may ask you for identification and contact information, inspect your bags, or escort you out of the building. You may also lose all Library access and service privileges (including paid access).

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.