Welcome Back!

On September 20, 2021, as Stanford began the academic year, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives also welcomed back our vibrant community of scholars and the public. Before planning your visit, here are some things you need to know.

What's Open

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives reading room resumed operations on September 20th. We are following Stanford and county regulations and have implemented new systems to provide researchers a seamless visit and maintain everyone’s safety. Although members of the public are welcome to the outdoor areas and some of the public spaces of the Stanford campus, Hoover Tower, including the observation deck and the galleries will remain closed until further notice.

Visiting the Reading Room 

We are limiting the number of researchers in our reading room which will enable us to increase physical and social distancing. Research visits must be scheduled and confirmed at least 7 calendar days in advance. Please read about how to request materials and reserve a seat before you plan your visit to ensure a seamless research experience.

Safety Guidelines

Anyone entering the Hoover Institution Library & Archives facilities, including the reading room, are reminded of the following: 

  • Non-Stanford affiliates must complete the Stanford Visitor: Daily COVID-19 Health Attestation form on the day(s) of your visit, and before arriving on campus.
  • Stanford affiliates must show their Health Check at the registration desk.
  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times (regardless of vaccination status) while in the reading room, and anytime you are indoors. Under the current campus-wide mask mandate, we are unable to grant exemptions. If you have questions, please contact the Research Services Manager.
  • Maintain social distance. Stay six feet apart from others.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
  • Review the Stanford University and county regulations, which includes more details on visitor guidelines and travel policies.

Preparing for your Visit

Still have questions? Please submit your questions online or contact us at +1 (650)723-3563.


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