Stanford Auxiliary Library 3 (SAL3)


SAL3 is a high density cold storage preservation facility in Livermore, CA that holds overflow collections from Stanford Libraries.  SAL3 is a storage-only  location; materials held at SAL3 may be paged for campus delivery through SearchWorks. SAL3 has a small reading room open to members of the Stanford community by appointment. Please contact the appropriate Subject Librarian to arrange on-site use of the collections.


The SAL3 truck makes morning deliveries to the Stanford University campus Monday through Friday, except on holidays. A second delivery of general circulating materials is made to Green Library on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. For quickest delivery of SAL3 materials, choose Green Library as your pickup location.

  • Delivery to Green: Requests submitted before noon, Monday through Friday, are usually available after 10 am the next business day.
  • Delivery to all other participating libraries: Requests submitted before noon, Monday through Friday, will usually be available after 4 pm the next business day.

SAL3 facility

In February 2013 we finished construction to double our storage capacity! Here's a look at some of the current numbers:


  • 3,551,421 items shelved (as of February 2015) of 4.8 million volume equivalent capacity
  • Materials stored include: books, manuscript and record storage boxes; magnetic and other media; flat and rolled materials


  • 67,049 square foot building
  • 5,81 acre site


  • 6 shelving bays at 7,850 square feet each 
  • 1 cold room, 460 square feet
  • 33,024 shelves, each 53 in. wide x 36 in. deep
  • 1,992 shelves 24" wide,x 35.5" deep
  • 2,160 flat file drawers 


  • Temperature: 50 degrees F (+/- 1 degree)
  • Relative humidity: 38% 

Architect and contractor

  • Devcon Construction, Inc., Milpitas, CA

For questions about SAL3, contact Rebecca Pernell, Head of Access Services.


Off-campus storage (Livermore, CA)


SAL3 is a storage-only facility; collections are pageable through Searchworks for pick-up or use on campus. SAL3 has a small reading room open to members of the Stanford community by special appointment. Please contact the Subject Librarian in your research area (or email for referral) to arrange on-site use of the collection at SAL3.


Librarian & Head, Access Services and Auxiliary Libraries