Reading Room

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives reading room will be open by appointment only to Stanford affiliates.

Please read the Hoover Archives Reading Room Update: Limited Access for Stanford Affiliates for additional information.

Founded by Herbert Hoover in 1919, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives is dedicated to documenting war, revolution, and peace in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With nearly one million volumes and more than six thousand archival collections from 171 countries, Hoover supports a vibrant community of scholars and a broad public interested in the meaning and role of history.

Contact us before your visit via our ServiceNow page to ensure the best research experience.

Getting Started

  • Register with Aeon

All researchers must register and create an account with Aeon, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives online request system. Before registering, you may wish to review the Aeon FAQ. Upon arrival at the Library & Archives reading room, you will be required to show photo identification, such as a driver's license, passport, school ID, or other form of government-issued photographic identification, in order to complete the registration process. Your photo will also be taken to create your Library & Archives reader card.


After registering with Aeon, for further assistance please read the PDF icon Hoover Library & Archive Guide to Aeon for general information and the Aeon FAQ for topic specific questions.

  • Order Materials

Researchers must submit requests for materials at least two business days in advance of their visit. Library materials should be requested through the SearchWorks catalog; archival materials should be requested through the Online Archive of California.

Stanford faculty, staff, and students and cooperative card holders from the University of California system may borrow selected materials from the Hoover Library. 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.

Requests for interlibrary loans of materials from the Hoover Library are processed through Stanford University Libraries ILL. Stanford University Library Interlibrary Services processes borrowing requests for eligible Hoover fellows and staff.

  • Using the Reading Room

Prior to arrival, researchers should review our reading room policies and procedures to learn more about what to expect in the Library & Archives reading room.

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The Hoover Institution Library & Archives offers some remote reference services, including limited low-resolution scanning and research assistance, free of charge, as well as digitization services, for a fee.

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Using the Chiang Kai-shek & Chiang Ching-kuo Diaries

The Hoover Institution has been helping to preserve the handwritten diaries of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo since members of the Chiang family deposited them at Hoover in 2005. To ensure the preservation of the diaries, and to conform to the wishes of family members, use copies of the handwritten pages are available in the Library & Archives reading room.

2005年底胡佛檔案館與蔣介石家屬達成暫存協議,由胡佛保存蔣介石與蔣經國日記原件, 並將日記複印件對全世界閱覽者公開。

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