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Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources

University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources: Michael A. Keller
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Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) includes more than 30 libraries and programs supporting research, teaching, and learning at Stanford University. SULAIR acquires and delivers library collections in all formats, establishes policies and standards to guide the use of academic information resources, develops training and support programs for academic uses of computers, and maintains a broad array of electronic information resources, including the online library catalog and several hundred article and indexing databases and electronic journal subscriptions.

In each library unit, knowledgeable professional staff provide assistance in locating and using print and online information resources. Subject specialists and reference librarians are available for individual consultation, group classes, demonstrations, and special workshops by request.

Libraries throughout campus provide group and individual study spaces, public computers, personal laptop connections, photocopy machines, and digital scanners for use by Stanford faculty, staff, and students.

For information about library hours, see the Library Hours web site.

In support of the University's academic mission, Academic Computing Services provides technology expertise, resources and services to students and faculty. Academic Computing Services supports the use of technology in teaching, learning, research, and community; operates and manages technology-enabled teaching and learning environments including classrooms and public study spaces, the Multimedia Studio in Meyer Library, the Digital Language Lab, and computer clusters in Green Library, Tresidder Union, and the student residences; provides technology education, consulting support, and multimedia services at Meyer and in the residences; provides faculty-specific computing resources through the Academic Technology Specialist Program and Academic Technology Lab; and provides technology support to Stanford University Libraries' services.

Information about the library collections, facilities, services, and policies is available at the Libraries & Academic Information Resources web site.

Further information about library services and resources is available from the Information Center staff in Cecil H. Green Library and from reference staff in all University libraries.

Central Campus Libraries

The Cecil H. Green Library (East and Bing Wings) maintains research collections in the humanities, social sciences, area studies, and interdisciplinary areas. These collections number approximately 2.8 million volumes. Major services in Green Library include: the Information Center, the Media Microtext Center, the Jonsson Reading Room, the Lane Reading Room, the Bender Room, Loan Desk and Privileges, Interlibrary Services, course reserves, the Department of Special Collections, and the University Archives.

The J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library houses the East Asia Library as well as the Academic Computing Services group of SULAIR and provides study, multimedia, consulting, and instructional support services. In addition, Meyer Library houses the University's Digital Language Lab, technology enabled study spaces and classrooms, the Academic Technology Lab, and the central offices of Student Computing and Academic Computing Services.

Branch Libraries

Humanities and Social Sciences Branch Libraries include the Art and Architecture Library, Cubberley Education Library, East Asia Library, Music Library, and Archive of Recorded Sound.

Science Branch Libraries include the Branner Earth Sciences Library, Engineering Library, Falconer Biology Library, Mathematical and Computer Sciences Library, Harold A. Miller Library at the Hopkins Marine Station, Physics Library, and Swain Library of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

For a complete list of campus libraries, see the Libraries and Collections web site.

Coordinate Libraries

J. Hugh Jackson Library, Graduate School of Business

Director: Kathy Long

Lane Medical Library

Director: Debra Ketchell

Crown Law Library

Director: Paul Lomio

SLAC Research Library

Director of Technical Information Services: Patricia Kreitz

Hoover Institution Library and Archives

Director: John Raisian
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Since its founding by Herbert Hoover in 1919 as a special collection dealing with the causes and consequences of World War I, the Hoover Institution has become an international center for documentation, research, and publication on political, economic, social, and educational change in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Hoover Library and Archives include one of the largest private archives in the world and contain outstanding area collections on Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and Western Europe.

Holdings include government documents, files of newspapers and serials, manuscripts, memoirs, diaries, and personal papers of men and women who have played significant roles in the events of these centuries, the publications of societies and of resistance and underground movements, the publications and records of national and international bodies, both official and unofficial, and books and pamphlets, many of them rare and irreplaceable. The materials are open to all Stanford students, faculty, and staff, to scholars from outside the University, and to the public at large.

Information Technology Services (IT Services)

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IT Services manages the University's central information technology infrastructure and provides hundreds of services and applications for use in academic and business activities. Support is provided in four layers:

  • Participation and client-focused leadership in institutional IT planning, including strategies for data center expansion, centrally managed storage and backup, and business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • Applications and services for departments and end-users including email, calendaring, wireless connectivity, web authentication, and Windows and Linux server hosting. These services are supported by a help desk, contract-support consultants, online self-help, and training.
  • Applications and services that support other campus service providers, including the help desk, change management, and network registration systems.
  • A communications and collaboration infrastructure robust enough to support advanced network, voice, and web-based services.

To learn about the variety of information technology resources available at Stanford, see the Information Technology Services web site. For assistance with technology services at Stanford, contact the Stanford IT Help Desk at (650) 725-HELP (5-4357) or submit a request through the HelpSU web site.