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Archival and most library materials are non-circulating and must be used in the reading room.
Researchers may bring in laptop/tablet/phone/camera [unless not allowed for the particular collection] and reference books.
Some collections are only available on microfilm. Please bring your own flash drive to copy documents from microfilm.
The following are not allowed in the reading room: smoking, food or drink (including water, chewing gum, cough drops), pens, hats, jackets, sweaters with pockets, cases, bags (backpacks, etc), notebooks or binders.
We provide lockers, pencils and notepaper. If a user needs to bring in leaves of paper (e.g. for fact checking), the paper will have to be reviewed and marked by staff with a "Non-Archival" stamp.
All items removed from the reading room, including notepaper, reference books, and photocopies of materials, must be presented to a staff member for inspection prior to departure. All laptops and tablets must be opened.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction (including handwritten copies) for purposes in excess of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement. Users are advised to obtain permission from owners of copyright before publishing any materials examined in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
To listen to sound recordings or view videos or films, please contact us at least two business days before you visit. We will advise you of the accessibility of the materials you wish to use. Not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.
Almost all of the materials of the Hoover Library are listed in Stanford University Libraries' online catalog. However, some of the serials, newspapers, government documents and society publications (and their holdings) may be listed only in the card catalogs located in the reading room.
Stanford faculty, staff, and students and cooperative card holders from the University of California system may borrow select published books. Some materials, designated as Library Use Only, may circulate for a short time to Stanford faculty and Hoover fellows only. Stanford faculty members and Hoover fellows who wish to take a Library Use Only item to their offices may ask a member of the staff if the item in question qualifies.
Circulating materials may be borrowed by Stanford faculty, staff, and Hoover fellows for one academic year; for one quarter by doctoral candidates; and for one month by Stanford graduate and undergraduate students. Periodicals, newspapers, and microfilm do not circulate.
Requests for interlibrary loans of published books and microfilm from the Hoover Library are processed through Stanford University Libraries ILL. Stanford University Library Interlibrary Services processes borrowing requests for eligible Hoover fellows and staff.