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COVID-19 update

Access to Stanford Libraries will require a valid Stanford ID.
Until further notice, visitor access has been suspended.
Library hours have changed, please check frequently. read more

Access and privileges

Fee-based library cards

Visitors and alumni can purchase a library card to borrow library materials and to access Stanford Libraries beyond the number of annual free days. To purchase a non-refundable Library Card, please bring a government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport) and cash or a check to the Privileges desk in Green Library. Please make checks payable to Stanford University.

Please note: All fee-based cardholders are not eligible for off-campus access to e-resources (but may use public computers inside the Libraries for access), interlibrary borrowing, or lockers/carrels in Green Library.

Access-only card


  • Physical access to Stanford Libraries
  • In-house use of library materials
  • In-house use of most electronic databases and online journals


  12 months 3 months 1 month 1 week 1 day
Alumni $100 $40 $15 N/A $10
Other individuals $300 $100 $50 $25 $10

Access and borrowing


  • Access (see above)
  • Place holds
  • Online renewals and account access (you'll receive a login PIN)
  • Checkout up to 25 items at a time from the following libraries:
    • Art & Architecture
    • Branner Earth Sciences
    • Cubberley Education
    • East Asia
    • Graduate School of Business
    • Green
    • Music
    • Science (Li & Ma)
    • Stanford Auxiliary (SAL 1&2, SAL3)
    • Terman Engineering


  12 months 3 months
Alumni $400 $125
Other individuals $800 $250


For any questions or concerns, please contact Privileges.