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Using the libraries

Navigate library services, including: borrowing and renewing, making scans and copies, finding the best study spaces, and connecting your off-campus computer.

Borrow, renew, returnHow to borrow and renew items, return them in person or by mail, pay or appeal fines, and hold or recall items that are checked out. Find out what to do if your item has been recalled.

Print, copy, scanUse your Stanford Card or purchase a Copy Card to print or copy in the libraries. Scanning is free.

and other equipment available for use in the libraries.

Connect from off campus

Set up your browser to connect to Stanford-licensed e-resources from off-campus locations. Report connection problems.

Access & privileges

Who can use the Stanford libraries? Information about getting a library card, general privileges, and policies for the Stanford community and visitors.

Course reserves

Interlibrary borrowing

We can help you get items from another library. Stanford faculty, students, and staff can request a purchase.

Special policies

Policies and forms related to the use of library resources for purposes other than individual study or research.

Places to study

Find spaces with computers and other equipment, group study areas, late night locations, and beautiful rooms.


Information about access to the libraries for persons with limited mobility or other disabilities.