The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are open to the public. Visitors must first register and create an account in Aeon, the Hoover L&A Request System.


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.

Retrievals should be placed in advance through an Aeon account with a scheduled date of use. Users are encouraged to submit requests at least two days in advance, as not all material is immediately available. Users may check their Aeon account to find out when material is available and on hold for use. 

While the Hoover Archives specializes primarily in unpublished materials (personal papers, sound recordings, posters, etc.), the Hoover Library is the Institution's repository for published books, serials, newspapers, and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.