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 are 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.


Library & Archives
Reading Room

434 Galvez Mall,
Stanford, CA 94305
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Hoover Tower
Observation Deck

550 Jane Stanford Way,
Stanford, CA 94305
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Satellite Reading Room for Digital Content

1399 New York Ave NW #500
Washington, DC 20005
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Hours of Operation    
Library & Archives Reading Room Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hoover Tower Exhibition Galleries Monday - Sunday (Temporarily closed)
Hoover Tower Monday - Sunday (Temporarily closed)
Satellite Reading Room for Digital Content (Washington DC Office) Monday - Friday (Temporarily closed)

Hoover Tower and Exhibition Galleries closed for major holidays, Stanford home football games, and campus winter closure. Parking on campus is free on weekends.

Upcoming Exhibition

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Opens Oct. 10, 2019 / Hoover Tower Exhibition Galleries

Unable to Visit? View our digital collections

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