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Plan A Research Visit

Open to all, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives supports a vibrant community interested in the meaning and role of history.


Complete these 4 key steps to ensure an efficient research experience.

Researchers must reserve a seat in the reading room at least 7 calendar days in advance of visiting, and can request up to 7 boxes per reservation.




Planifique una visita de investigación

4 Key Steps

Register using Aeon

Step 1: Register For Access Using Aeon

All researchers must register and create an account with Aeon, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives’ online reservation and request system. Aeon allows users to request materials, make reservations, and place digitization orders.

Reserve a seat

Step 2: Reserve a Seat

Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Researchers must reserve a seat at least 7 calendar days in advance for the Stanford campus reading room. Available seats may fill up several months in advance. Please make your reservations as soon as you can. Click the button to learn how to reserve a seat.

Research + Request

Step 3: Research & Request Materials

The Library & Archives collections are vast. To find the most relevant materials for your research, please consult our Search the Collections page, and contact Research Services if you need help.


Researchers can request up to 7 boxes per reservation. More material may be requested in consultation with staff with advance notice. 


If you have more than one reservation, request all items in priority order and attach them to your first day. Staff will link 7 boxes at a time, based on priority, to each subsequent day.

prepare for visit

Step 4: Prepare For Your Visit

Reservations are only confirmed when you have requested material and receive a confirmation email from Hoover Institution Library & Archives staff. If you do not receive an email, please contact us. To prepare for your visit, please be aware of our visitor requirements.

More Information

Ask a Question

Contact our Research Services team directly through Stanford Services & Support.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you are planning an onsite visit or conducting your research from afar, staff are dedicated to connecting users with the most relevant materials through reference consultations via phone, zoom, or in-person.

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How to Register in Aeon

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How to Reserve a Seat

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How to Request Materials

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How to Handle Materials

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