The Hoover Institution Library and Archives are open to everyone.
The Hoover Institution Archives is open to the public without charge. Use of archival material, however, is conditional upon adherence to the following rules:
Visitors to the library, which is housed in the Hoover Tower, are asked to register at the loan desk on the main floor of the Tower by filling out a registration form, presenting photo identification, and agreeing to the rules for the use of materials. Non-Stanford readers are welcome to use materials on-site. Borrowing privileges are available to all readers affiliated with Stanford University as well as to cooperative card holders from participating California universities.
A wide range of facilities and services is available to readers in the library, including staff assistance, a specialized reference collection, microfilm reader/printers, and photoduplication services.
The Information Center on the ground floor of Stanford University's Green Library now houses current issues of newspapers and journals formerly housed in the Hoover Library's Current Periodical and Newspaper Reading Room.
Most of the holdings of the Hoover Library are listed in Stanford University Libraries' online catalog. However, some of the materials acquired before 1977 may be listed only in the card catalogs located on the main floor of the Hoover Tower. Socrates searches can be limited to the Hoover Institution Library.
Four online public-access terminals are located across from the loan desk. In addition to the main card catalogs (maintained only through 1990) located across from the loan desk, there are several separate card catalogs (also maintained only through 1990) in the reading room: for serials and newspapers, government documents and society publications, and other special collections and for materials in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. The library uses the Library of Congress classification system, transliteration systems, and subject headings.
The library stacks are closed to the public. Requested items are retrieved by Hoover staff every half hour from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Newspapers are retrieved at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Readers may request materials by submitting request cards at the loan desk. If a requested item is out on loan, it may be recalled.
Non-Stanford affiliated users are welcome to use our materials in the reading room.
Borrowing privileges are extended to Stanford faculty, staff, and students and to cooperative card holders from the University of California system. Some library materials do not circulate and may only be used on-site. However, some materials designated as Library Use Only may circulate for a short time to Stanford faculty and Hoover fellows only. Stanford faculty members and Hoover fellows who wish to take a Library Use Only item to their offices may ask a member of the reference staff if the item in question qualifies.
Circulating materials may be borrowed by Stanford faculty, staff, Hoover fellows, and staff for one academic year; for one quarter by doctoral candidates; and for one month by Stanford graduate and undergraduate students. Periodicals and newspapers do not circulate.
The reference reading room in the Tower is open to all. Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, and graduate students are eligible to apply for study carrels located in the reading room. Applications for carrels should be directed to the reference librarian. Microform materials may be viewed in the annex to the reference reading room. Reader/printers are also available.
Photocopying is available on the main floor. Photocopies cost 15 cents per page. Permission of the reference librarian is necessary to photocopy noncirculating materials. Limited quantities of materials may usually be copied with this permission, although some materials may not be copied. Requests for large copying projects, including microfilming or duplication of existing microfilm, should be referred to the reference librarian. Whenever possible, in accordance with United States copyright law, photocopies or microfilm copies are made available for purchase.
Stanford University Libraries Interlibrary Services processes borrowing and lending requests for the Hoover Institution Library (RLG: CSUX, OCLC: hin). Eligible Hoover patrons should review the document delivery request forms to submit borrowing requests for materials from other libraries and research institutions.
To borrow circulating material from Hoover's collection, RLG Shares Partners continue to select CSUX records in RLIN. CSUX will be an alias for CSUG (Stanford Interlibrary Services). UC Libraries request using current established procedures for Stanford ILL. Other libraries and research institutions should review Stanford interlibrary lending policies before submitting a request. For non-Shares Partners, non UCs, Hoover material may only be requested using Stanford ILL's electronic non-protocol request forms.