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Please review the answers to frequently asked questions about the Hoover Institution Library & Archives prior to contacting staff. If you still have questions after reviewing the below, contact Library & Archives staff by emailing hoover-library-archives [at] stanford.edu.
Visiting the Library & Archives
Yes. Anyone coming into the reading room needs to register with Aeon and have a confirmed reservation.
Yes. Researchers can connect to the Stanford Visitor network. The reading room has outlets located at tables throughout the room.
To reserve a seat in the reading room, you must first be registered with an account with Aeon, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives’ online request and reservation system. For step-by-step directions, please watch this video, then review these instructions on how to request materials and reserve a seat.
Our preferred citation for archival material is [Identification of item], Collection name, Box no., Folder no. or title, Hoover Institution Archives. Additional information can be found here
Yes. Check the website for collections related to selected subjects or geographic areas. You can also email hoover-library-archives [at] stanford.edu to receive subject lists or be connected to a subject specialist.
Use one word searches if possible, and be sure to try alternate spellings of names. If you use more than one search word, enclose the words in quotation marks. Learn more about the different ways to search our collections by visiting our How to Search page.
A variety of reasons, the main one being copyright: since our collections are 20th and 21st century, the majority of the material is still covered under copyright, and in most cases the Hoover Institution Library & Archives does not own the copyright to the material in its holdings.
Please review information about rights and permissions here and email hoover-library-archives [at] stanford.edu for further assistance.
Two primary reasons - (1) Approximately 40% of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives' holdings (90,275 items) are stored off-site and it takes time to pull the material and transport it to campus (2) The Hoover Institution Library & Archives serves unprocessed collections so all material must go through a preservation review to ensure the safety of both the researches and the collections themselves.
There are two ways to obtain a digital copy of materials from our collections. Our research services options include 1) Low-resolution reference scanning or 2) high-resolution duplication. For details go to our Research Services page.
No. We are open to the public, free of charge.
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