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Reading Room

We welcome a worldwide community of scholars and the broader public to  access our collection.

Welcome

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives reading room is located in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Building. Books, journals, periodicals, maps, newspapers, manuscripts, and archives are delivered from the closed stacks and from off-site storage for use in the reading room. Certain electronic resources like microfilms and digitized collections are also served in the reading room. We are open to the public for research, but reservations are required.

Open Hours

Monday - Friday 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
By Reservation Only

 

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Plan a Research Visit

Our reading room is open to the public for academic research. Reservations are required at least 7 days in advance. Before visiting the reading room, please review our guide to get started.

Access and Resources
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Construction Alert

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.

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Visitor Requirements

For visitors entering or leaving our reading room we provide lockers, pencils, and notepaper as certain personal items are not allowed. Please read our visitor requirements to ensure you are prepared for your visit. 

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Library & Archives Policies

Policies are in place to guide researchers and to ensure that materials are cared for and available for their ongoing use

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Research Services

In support of a vibrant community of scholars and the public interested in the meaning and role of history, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives is open to anyone. 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, assisting with registration and material requests, digitization, and more.

Contact Us

Address

Address

434 Galvez Mall, Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305-6003

Go to our Visit Us page for more details.

Phone

Phone

650-723-3563

Hours

Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

By Reservation Only

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