The Hoover Institution Library & Archives is located on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. Its holdings are accessible in person via the main reading room, located in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Building, and viewable in rotating exhibitions in Hoover Tower. Our L&A in DC office provides free access to a selection of our digital collections not available online.
Please expect potential modifications to our hours of operation during the year as we may be impacted by staffing shortages or Stanford University, county, and state requirements in response to COVID-19.
Due to the construction of the George P. Shultz building (former site of the Lou Henry Hoover Building), please refer to the access map which indicates the primary walking path to Hoover Tower and the Library & Archives reading room.
The Diversity and Access Office, in conjunction with the Maps and Records Department, has compiled the Stanford University Campus Access Guide. Their website contains information for a majority of on campus buildings, including those that house the Hoover Institution.
We encourage you to review their site as well as the ADA map of the area around Hoover Tower. To speak with someone about campus access information, please call (650) 725-0326.
Hours of Operation
Reading rooms, exhibition galleries and observation deck are closed for major holidays, Stanford home football games (view current schedule), and campus winter closure (view university holiday closures). Parking on campus is free on weekends.
THANKSGIVING WEEK 2022
Reading rooms will be closed starting on Monday, November 21, 2022, and will reopen on Monday, November 28, 2022.
Hoover Tower will be closed starting on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and will reopen on Sunday, November 27, 2022.
WINTER CLOSURE 2022
Reading rooms will be closed starting on Monday, December 19, 2022, and will reopen on Monday, January 9, 2023.
Hoover Tower will be closed starting on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Library & Archives Main Reading Room
Before you begin your research visit, read more about our Reading Room.
9 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 5pm (EST)
Library & Archives in DC Office
The L&A in DC office provides three workstations to access select digital collections.
MONDAY – SUNDAY
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibition Galleries, Hoover Tower
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Observation Deck & Carillon, Hoover Tower
Named in memory of Lou Henry Hoover, former first lady of the United States.
Go to Stanford Events to find out if there will be a carillon performance on the day of your visit.
Reading rooms, exhibition galleries and observation deck are closed for major holidays, Stanford home football games, and campus winter closure. Parking on campus is free on weekends.