Stage 1 for Libraries


All persons entering Green Library must have made an appointment, taken the COVID-19 Hygiene Best Practices, EHS-2470-WEB program through STARS. Access to and use of Health Check will be required for all staff coming to campus and all readers and staff entering the Green Library.

Given the need for library access to continue research by faculty in the humanities, area studies, and social sciences, Green Library will be opened solely to Stanford faculty, including those with faculty studies, by appointment only and on a limited basis and requiring physical distancing, masking, frequent hand washing, and reduced hours. Portal monitors will be available only at the Green East entrance, the ​Bing Wing entrance will be closed.

Please be prepared to stand in the designated queue and be prepared to show your Health Check status, appointment confirmation and Stanford ID. Entry into the building will be done one at a time to ensure proper social distancing.

Graduate students and postdocs will be admitted as well to continue their research in reading rooms, group study rooms now designated for the pendency of physical distancing requirements as single occupancy rooms, and/or dissertation carrels.

Seminars and group study are specifically forbidden in this Stage, unless conducted by Zoom or similar telecommunications technology.

The Special collections reading room in Green Library will be open by appointment only to faculty and graduate students so that they might resume their work on source material. This will be a limited service, 10:00 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be only 1 person per table in the Field Room, so that the physical distancing rule can be easily maintained; face coverings and frequent hand washing will be required.

Any person not observing physical distancing and face covering will be required to leave Green Library on demand.


Stanford Libraries will provide a paging service to Stanford ID holders for circulating physical resources through limited personal contact guided by physical distancing protocols. Books and other physical resources that ordinarily circulate will be held for the requesting member of the Stanford community in Green Library. This service will start with books held in Green Library, the auxiliary libraries, SAL1, 2, & 3. Once procedures are tested and working well, books from subject specialty libraries (Bowes, Braun, Branner, Cubberley, Lathrop EAL, LiMa, Miller, & Terman) of the Stanford Libraries will be available for paging requests. Paging pick up will be conducted at the East Entrance of Green Library and instructions will be emailed once an appointment is made.

Other Services

Stanford Libraries will re-establish interlibrary borrowing and lending, first in digital forms and then physical forms, in concert with UC-Berkeley and the Ivy+ libraries, pending mutual agreements with these other libraries, making this service available as and when possible.

The digitization lab will be re-opened with reduced staff to begin to digitize resources requested by faculty and graduate students through each reader’s appropriate subject curator.