At a glance

Falconer Biology Library

Using Falconer Library

Falconer Biology Library collections are open to the public. All Stanford faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and staff are provided full reference and circulation services. Non-Stanford visitors are welcome to use the collection while in the library, but are not eligible for reference assistance.

The Biology Library is partially accessible to people with limited mobility. Wheelchair access to the main floor of the library is by means of the elevator in Herrin Labs and then across the breezeway. The elevator in Herrin Labs is accessible from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, except for University holidays.

Stanford faculty are eligible for after hours access to the library. Contact the Falconer Library for more information on after hours access.

Circulation policies

Circulation of materials is available to users with a valid Stanford ID, corporate users with an institutional borrower's coupon, people who have purchased borrowing privileges, and to users with a University of California Library Reciprocal Services Card or UC Cooperative Borrower's card. See Stanford Libraries Privileges page for more information.

The collections of Falconer Library and Math-Stat Library are interfiled. The two collections have different policies regarding loan periods, overdue items, and fines. See Math-Stat Library circulation policies.

Loan periods

Books 28 days
Journals 7 days
Reserves (course & permanent) Varies, 2 hours to 7 days
iPads 14 days
Media 7 days
Reference In-house use only
Jasper Ridge Papers 7 days


Holds and recalls

See Stanford Libraries Holds & Recalls page.


For online renewals, go to My Account

For email renewals, send requests to In the message please include:

  • Your full name
  • Your Library ID number (the 9 underlined digits at the lower right corner of your current ID card)
  • The barcode numbers of the books (found on the inside of the back cover, beginning with 36105...)

Once sent, please allow one business day for processing. Always wait for a response stating either a new due date, or any complication preventing renewal. Never assume books have been renewed without confirmation.

You may renew library items online twice unless another user has placed a hold. Once that limit is reached, renewals must be in person at the library with Stanford ID card and item(s) in hand.

Journals and Reserve items may not be renewed online. Reserve items and journals may be renewed in person. Fines for overdue reserves are $1.00 per hour, and accrue to a maximum of $30.00.

Institutional borrowers can only renew books in person with one coupon for each book they wish to have renewed.


You can return Falconer Library materials to any library on campus except for course reserves, recalls, iPads, and journals. Items returned to Lane Medical Library, the Hoover Institution libraries, or SLAC remain checked out to the borrower until they are received and discharged at the Falconer Library.