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A student enjoys one of the comfortable chairs in the Lane Reading Room
2nd floor of the Bing Wing, accessible from the Rotunda

Lane Reading Room


The Lane Reading Room houses the Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center. Traditional study and reading space is complemented by wireless Internet access and computer workstations. The room offers printed reference collections and specific "mini-collections" devoted to important topical areas, including collections of new fiction and new books in the scholarly fields of the humanities. Reference materials aiding in the use of Special Collections can also be found here. The Lane Reading Room is located directly above the Social Sciences Resource Center. The two areas are directly connected by an internal staircase, enabling faculty and students to easily move between these areas and the services they provide.

The room was named in honor of Melvin B. Lane, AB 1944, and his wife, Joan F. Lane, in recognition of their generosity in supporting the reconstruction of the library after the Loma Prieta earthquake. The Lane Room, formerly called the Field Room, is part of what was originally called "The Main Library," constructed between 1916 and 1919.

Stanford University presidential portraits hang above the entrance. 

As you stand facing the portraits, on the left proceeding away from the door are: 

David Starr Jordan
President, 1891-1913
artist: Mary Curtis Richardson

Ray Lyman Wilbur
President, 1916-1943
artist: H. Hubbell

J. E. Wallace Sterling
President, 1949-1968
artist: Albert Murray

Richard W. Lyman
President, 1970-1980
artist: Arthur DeCosta

Gerhard Casper 
President, 1992-2000
artist: Anneliese Hermes

On the right proceeding away from the door are:

John Casper Branner
President, 1913-1916
artist: Mary Curtis Richardson

Donald B. Tresidder
President, 1943-1948
artist: Arthur Cahill

Kenneth S. Pitzer
President, 1968-1970
artist: Arthur W. Palmer

Donald Kennedy
President, 1980-1992
artist: Brigitte Carnochan        


public computer
Stanford-only computer

Place to Study

absolute quiet
coffee nearby
electrical outlets
individual study
large tables
open late
public computer
Stanford-only computer