PLEASE NOTE: In preparation for a significant construction and renovation project that will prepare the Hoover Institution for its second century of activities, the Library & Archives reading room will be closed to researchers through January 2020. During this period, our collections will be unavailable, but our collecting, exhibition program, and other activities will continue. Staff will continue to respond to reference inquiries and process duplication orders during this time and can scan a limited amount of material on researchers' behalf.

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives reading room will reopen on Monday, February 3, 2020. Due to an increase in collections stored off-site and in anticipation of high demand, contact us before your visit via our new ServiceNow page to ensure the best research experience.

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   Closed
Hoover Tower Exhibition Galleries Monday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM (FREE)
Hoover Tower Monday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM (last ticket sold 3:30 PM)
Satellite Reading Room for Digital Content (Washington DC Office) Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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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