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Humanities and Social Science Libraries

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Academic Computing

Auxiliary Libraries

Coordinate Libraries

Academic Information Resources

Map of Libraries' Locations(PDF)


Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) develops and implements resources and services within the University libraries and academic technology units that support research and instruction. This guide briefly describes each library and its collections, each Academic Information Resources unit and its function and services and, although they are organizationally separate from SULAIR, each of the University’s Coordinate Libraries.


There are sixteen Stanford University Libraries:

• Cecil H. Green Library, the main research library with collections in the humanities, social sciences, area studies, and interdisciplinary areas;

• J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library, which houses Academic Computing and the East Asia Library;

• thirteen research branch libraries serving the sciences, engineering, education, art, music, and East Asia studies; and

• the Stanford Auxiliary Libraries, which house infrequently used materials from the collections of Stanford University Libraries.

In addition, Stanford has five Coordinate Libraries:

• Hoover Institution Library and Archives,

• J. Hugh Jackson Business Library,

• Lane Medical Library,

• Robert Crown Law Library, and

• the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Library.

For further information about individual libraries, please contact the Green Library General Information Center at (650) 725-1064,, or the reference staff in any library.


Academic Information Resources

SULAIR’s Academic Information Resources units support academic technology on campus and consist of Academic Computing, the Humanities Digital Information Service (HDIS), and Social Science Data and Software (SSDS). For more information about these units, see below or visit

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For more information about scope of collections, physical facilities, and services (such as general borrowing regulations, reserve books, book stack access, interlibrary loans, and photocopies), visit the SULAIR web site at To search the Stanford Libraries’ holdings, see Stanford’s Online Catalog at Other electronic resources include a variety of databases and catalogs available on the web at, as well as additional online collections available at


Access to the Stanford University Libraries is available to individuals holding valid Stanford ID cards and, upon presentation of appropriate identification, to participants of Stanford/University of California cooperative programs and eligible members of institutions belonging to the Research Libraries Group. Access to the Libraries is extended to other users upon approval of library staff. The Libraries reserve the right to revoke access privileges of individuals in any user category. For more information on privileges and fees for non-Stanford users, contact the Privileges Desk in Green Library at (650) 723-1492, Contact the Business, Hoover Institution, Law, Medical, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory libraries for information on their privileges and fees.

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Cecil H. Green Library
Information Center (includes General and Government Documents Reference, Current Periodicals and Newspapers)
(650) 725-1064,
Media-Microtexts (650) 723-9394,
Loan Desk (650) 723-1493,

Green Library houses a three million volume research collection in the social sciences and humanities, including area studies and interdisciplinary fields. Its collection includes approximately 7,700 current journal titles and current newspapers. A 21,000-volume reference collection supports the work of the Information Center. The Media Microtext center houses the Libraries’ media collection as well as the major microform collection of the University Libraries. For more information on access to Green and other Stanford libraries, contact the Privileges Desk in Green Library at (650) 723-1492,

Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center (HASRC):
The public service and collecting programs of the HASRC are anchored in the Lane Reading Room, which is located on the second floor of the Bing Wing in Green Library. The Lane Room functions as the principal contact point for researchers in the humanities and area studies. It houses some 14,000 volumes of advanced reference resources, and its staff connects students and scholars to the specialized curatorial offices dedicated to individual disciplinary fields. Also located in the Lane Room is the Humanities Digital Information Service (HDIS), which facilitates access to the numerous full-text and visual resources that are available in electronic format to support research in the humanities and area studies. For more information on the HDIS, see below.
Social Sciences Resource Center (SSRC):
Information Center (reference help) (650) 725-1064

The SSRC is located on the first floor of the Green Library Bing Wing, and is the focus of the Libraries’ collections, resources and services in support of advanced social science research at Stanford. The Center provides an environment rich in information and a variety of services and facilities for the effective use of the Libraries’ print and digital social sciences collections. Subject specialists are available in the Center for individual consultations with users on an appointment basis.  The Jonsson Social Sciences Reading Room houses a reference collection of 12,000 volumes, including in-depth encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, directories and guides supporting advanced research in the social sciences and government documents.  The Jonsson Reading Room includes a current core journals collection, and three circulating collections: classic texts, Center for the Study of Language and Information, and new books.  In addition, Stanford faculty, staff and students can access a variety of Stanford computing resources from twelve computers, including popular quantitative (statistical) and qualitative data analysis software.

Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) is co-located in and part of the SSRC.  SSDS provides services and support to Stanford faculty, staff and students in the acquisition of social science data and the selection and use of quantitative (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata) and qualitative software (e.g., NVivo).  SSDS staff members provide these services in a variety of ways that include individual consulting, workshops and help documents. Consulting is available via email, by appointment and during scheduled walk-in hours. Workshops cover core SSDS data and software resources and services and are offered during fall, winter and spring quarters.  In-person consultations take place in the Velma Denning Room, located in the Center.  Users visiting the Room can evaluate popular quantitative (statistical) and qualitative software including specialized software for advanced statistical methods, spatial analysis and software for converting and formatting between statistical packages. In addition, users can access a rich collection of cataloged numeric datasets on CD-ROM and diskette, available from dedicated computers. A reference library of software manuals, textbooks on statistics and econometrics, journals, magazines, and codebooks is located in the Velma Denning Room.  Help guides for learning statistical and qualitative software are available via the SSDS Web site and in The Velma Denning Room.  For more information about SSDS see below and the web at:, (650) 723-7009

Special Collections and University Archives
(650) 725-1022,

Special Collections and University Archives houses material warranting special care and protection. Located on the second floor of Green Library’s Bing Wing, it is the principal repository for Stanford’s historical research collections in all formats, including printed books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and prints. Strengths of the Department’s collections include modern literature, history and art of the book, history of science, European history and literature, classical literature and philology, children’s literature, Mexican American history, and history of the Stanford community. Special Collections and University Archives is open to non-Stanford researchers; register at the Privileges Desk in Green Library, (650) 723-1492,

Jonsson Library of Government Documents
Information Center (reference help) (650) 725-1064

The Jonsson Library of Government Documents is located in the Green Library Bing Wing and is part of the Social Sciences Resource Center (SSRC).  Collection strengths include depository and other publications from the United Nations, international governmental agencies,U.S. Federal government, State of California, and foreign countries.  In addition, users have access to U.S. Federal and State of California bibliographic and full-text information on CD-ROM, large collections of commercially produced microfiche, and archival collections on microfilm housed in the Media Microtext Center.  Publications include information on most subjects, including demography and population, education, international relations, earth sciences, public administration, and international trade. General reference help is via the Information Center.  Jonsson Library is open to the public.
Archive of Recorded Sound
(650) 723-9312,

The Archive of Recorded Sound houses more than 280,000 recordings of classical and popular music, literature, drama, interviews, public addresses, and radio broadcasts in formats ranging from wax cylinders to compact discs. Commercial 78 rpm and LP discs and private tape recordings comprise the largest portion of the holdings. Special collections within the Archive include the Department of Music concert tapes, several collections of speech and poetry recorded on campus, the Pryor Collection of World War II newscasts, and the Monterey Jazz Festival tape archives, among many others.

Most of the Archive’s sound recordings do not appear in the Libraries’ catalog. However, the extensive book collection of the history and development of sound recording industry and its major figures is catalogued. Original record manufacturers’ catalogs, photographs, and sheet music augment the holdings.

Art and Architecture Library
(650) 723-3408,

The Art and Architecture Library supports research needs and course reserve requirements in the fields of art history and architectural history. Its 150,000 volumes, including over 500 active journal titles, cover the history of painting, sculpture, drawing, the graphic arts, and the decorative arts. Materials on film studies, classical archaeology, aesthetics, and urban design are shelved in Green Library, as are most materials of a cross-disciplinary nature that examine the relationship of the visual arts to other art forms such as literature, music, and dance.

Circulation is limited at the Art and Architecture Library in order to keep as much of the collection as possible available on site for reference and research purposes.  Current Stanford faculty, students, and academic staff are eligible for varying circulation privileges.  Please contact the Art and Architecture Library circulation desk, (650) 723-3408,, for details.

In-house use of materials is available to visitors who hold Courtesy Cards or fee-based cards issued by the Green Library Privileges Desk, and readers with U.C. Berkeley/Stanford Research Library Cooperative Program Cards or University of California/Stanford University Reciprocal Services Program Cards. Contact the Privileges Desk at Green Library, (650) 723-1492,, for information on obtaining a Courtesy or fee-based privileges card.

Cubberley Education Library
(650) 723-2121,

Cubberley Education Library offers broad coverage of education in a collection of over 176,000 volumes and approximately 1200 journal subscriptions. Special materials include historical collections of textbooks and college catalogs (US & foreign), plus doctoral dissertations for the School of Education. The complete ERIC document collection is available (earlier in microfiche and later online). A small but growing collection of current curriculum materials is supplemented by the Kraus Curriculum Development Library available online.

East Asia Library
Circulation Desk (650) 725-3435,

The East Asia Library (EAL) is Stanford’s primary East Asian-language collection and holds approximately 530,000 volumes in the social sciences and humanities for all historical periods. The collection deals with politics, law, economics, public finance, sociology, statistics, education, and defense. Other emphases include historical and geographical works, language and literature, and science and technology, including industry and agriculture.

The EAL’s Chinese collection contains approximately 350,000 volumes, plus another 28,300 reels of microfilm. An unusually comprehensive set of some 13,000 serials (of which over 1,300 are currently received) includes many pre-1949 government documents, statistical reports on commerce, and other periodicals. The Japanese collection contains approximately 128,000 titles in 172,000 volumes. The Japanese collection's 1,800 serial titles include many left-wing journals of the 1920s and their right-wing counterparts of the 1930s and 1940s. Since the first Korean Studies Librarian was appointed in September 2005, the Korean collection has been systematically developed in order to support the Korean Studies Program at Stanford University. Currently, acquisitions of Korean materials have reached approximately 12,000 titles and 15,000 volumes, plus 457 serials.

The fourth floor of Meyer Library houses circulation services, current newspapers and periodicals, and a non-circulating reference collection consisting of approximately 1,800 volumes in Chinese and 1,600 in Japanese. The mezzanine level of Meyer Library (accessible only from the fourth floor) houses the EAL stacks.

Western language materials on East Asia are housed in Green Library and other campus libraries as appropriate.

While the fourth floor of Meyer Library is open to the public, borrowing privileges are limited to faculty, students, staff, and researchers affiliated with Stanford, the Hoover Institution, UC Berkeley and to UC students with a UC/Stanford Reciprocal Services Program card. Access to the stacks is for those with borrowing privileges or by permission.

Music Library
(650) 723-1211,

The Music Library is the primary source of music materials in the Stanford libraries. Its collection includes books, journals, scores, recordings, videos, instrument drawings, and microforms, with heavy emphasis on Western art music. The more than 100,000 books and scores and 30,000 recordings cover a vast range of subject areas, but are particularly strong in the areas of performance practice, historical musicology, and computer applications to music. The large collection of materials on microform provides access to manuscripts, treatises, and first and early editions held in other collections. The Music Library also houses the Lully Archive, a repository of primary sources on microfilm of the music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the Kronos Quartet Collection, and the Women’s Philharmonic Collection. Music materials are also held in Green Library in the Department of Special Collections, Media-Microtext Center, and stacks.

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Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections
(650) 723-2746,

The Branner Library collection of 128,000 volumes, including Stanford theses and reports, and 1,900 serial titles comprises current and retrospective materials in all fields of earth system science, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, marine geology, and petroleum engineering. The 3,500 title non-print collection of CD-ROMs, disks, slides, and videos includes data sets and images. Major reference tools include GeoRef, Petroleum Abstracts, ASFA, Chemical Abstracts, and SCISEARCH.

The 270,000 sheet Map Collection—(650) 725-1103; mezzanine level—includes maps on a wide range of social science and humanities topics; there is a strong collection of geological, seismological, hydrological, natural hazards, and natural resources maps. The collection also includes a complete set of the topographic quadrangles of the USGS and topographic maps from around the world.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) workstations and programs are available at the Branner Library for faculty, students, and staff. The campus site license with ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) allows Stanford users to access ESRI GIS software applications and data packages. GIS datasets acquired through the Depository programs and commercial vendors are also available. The library provides GIS assistance during reference hours. GIS information is available at

Engineering Library
(650) 723-0001,

The Engineering Library supports research and teaching in the Departments of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and associated centers, laboratories and facilities. The collection contains approximately 1,300 active serial titles, 52,000 monographs, 5,800 Stanford theses.

Falconer Biology Library
(650) 723-1528,

Falconer Biology Library offers broad coverage of the life sciences. Areas of particular strength are biochemistry, biophysics, cell and developmental biology, genetics and molecular biology, neurobiology, and population biology. The collection contains over 100,000 volumes, including approximately 1,000 active serial titles. Major reference tools available in the library include BIOSIS Previews, MEDLINE, and SciSearch, and AGRICOLA.

Harold A. Miller Marine Biology Library
(831) 655-6229,
Located in Pacific Grove, CA

The Miller Library offers broad coverage of marine biology, with special emphases on developmental biology, marine botany, marine ecology, marine zoology, neurobiology, and the physiology of marine organisms. The library contains approximately 34,000 volumes, 300 currently received journal titles, and 20,000 reprints.

Mathematical and Computer Sciences Library
(650) 723-4672,

The Mathematical and Computer Sciences Library’s collection of over 64,000 volumes, including about 900 journal titles, covers computer science, mathematics, statistics, and operations research. The library has a large collection of technical reports received via exchange with other universities and industry. Other materials include Stanford theses, collected works of prominent mathematicians, and online reference tools such as MathSciNet (Mathematical Reviews), INSPEC (which includes Computer and Control Abstracts), and Current Index to Statistics as well as electronic journals and computer books online.

Physics Library

(650) 723-4342,

Broad coverage of pure and applied physics and astronomy and astrophysics is offered in a collection of over 60,000 volumes, 330 serial subscriptions, and dissertations produced by Physics doctoral students, in addition to university-wide access to electronic journals, e-texts, and databases, including INSPEC and Science Citation Index with alerting services available for both. Also housed in the Physics Library are unique sets of compiled data found in Landolt-Bornstein as well as classic papers published in journals such as Annalen der Physik and the Royal Society publications. The Physics Library cooperates closely with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Library. For more information about SLAC, see below.

Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library

(650) 723-9237, Fax (650)725-2274,

Swain's collection offers broad coverage of chemistry and chemical engineering and contains about 40,000 volumes, 300 current subscriptions, plus theses for the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments from the mid-1950's to the present. Many journals are available digitally back to volume one and can be used by on-campus visitors. Due to licensing restrictions, access to key chemistry databases (e.g. Chemical Abstracts via SciFinder Scholar, Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire) is limited to current Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Specialized equipment available includes a cash-to-card dispenser, a color printer, and a scanner.

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J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library

J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library
Academic Computing (650) 724-5600
Meyer Technology Services Desk (650) 723-9407
East Asia Library (650) 725-3435,

Meyer Library houses SULAIR’s Academic Computing Group and its East Asia Library.

Academic Computing supports the use of technology in teaching, learning, and student community life. Some of Academic Computing’s facilities (e.g., classrooms and computer clusters) and its administrative offices are located on the first and second floors of Meyer Library. For a full description of this group’s services and facilities, see below.

For on-campus student computing support and services, see Residential Computing at

The East Asia Library, located on the fourth floor of Meyer Library, is Stanford’s primary East Asian-language collection, holding approximately 530,000 volumes in the social sciences and humanities for all historical periods. For a full description, see above.

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Stanford Auxiliary Libraries 1 and 2 (SAL 1&2)
(650) 723-9201,

Stanford Auxiliary Library 3 (SAL3)
(925) 961-8780,

Stanford Auxiliary Library Newark (SAL-Newark)
(650) 723-1493,

The Stanford Auxiliary Libraries house low-use or overflow materials from the collections of the Stanford University Libraries and some Coordinate Libraries. SAL1&2 is open to members of the Stanford community most afternoons. Courtesy readers will also be accommodated; contact the Privileges Desk in Green Library at (650) 723-1492,, for information about access. SAL1&2 materials are browsable and may be borrowed directly from SAL1&2. SAL3 is a high-density, remote storage facility built with emphasis on the preservation of materials housed there. SAL-Newark is also a remote storage facility. SAL3 and SAL-Newark are closed to the public. Materials are easily paged from all SAL facilities using Stanford’s Online Catalog (Socrates). All queries regarding the materials housed at these facilities can be addressed to the Green Library Loan Desk at (650) 723-1493, or to staff at each SAL facility.

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Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Hoover Institution Library (650) 723-2058
Hoover Institution Archives (650) 723-3563

Hoover East Asia Collection has moved to Meyer Library, 4th floor, and is now the East Asia Library of Stanford University Libraries. See above.

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives’ holdings support research in all aspects of international affairs and in the political, economic, and social history of several areas of the world since 1900, including the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and East Asia. Specialized collections of rare and often unique materials focus on subject areas within the general collecting fields. These areas include political ideology, political upheaval and revolution, military history, state-sponsored propaganda, wartime dislocation and relief, underground resistance movements and governments-in-exile, and international conferences and peace negotiations.

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives are open to all. Visitors are asked to register at the circulation desks. Stanford-affiliated users may check out materials from the library. Non-Stanford users are welcome to use materials on-site. Archival materials may not be checked out.

J. Hugh Jackson Library (Business)
Front Desk: (650) 725-2055,
Information Desk: (650) 723-2163

The Jackson Library is the main gateway to information for the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). The Library has a strong research collection of online and print material covering most aspects of management, including accounting, decision sciences, finance, international business, management of computer and information systems, management of the total enterprise, marketing, economic analysis, organizational behavior, and political economics. The Library is open to Stanford faculty, students, and staff, but some online database access is restricted to GSB users. Library services include general reference and in-depth research assistance. Interlibrary loan is provided for the GSB community. For library hours and general information see the web site, send email or call 723-2162.

Lane Medical Library & Knowledge Management Center

Circulation (650) 723-6691
Reference (650) 723-6831,

Lane Medical Library & Knowledge Management Center supports the Stanford University Medical Center, which includes the School of Medicine, the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. It has a strong research collection covering biomedicine including biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, public health, and related fields. The collection contains 368,000 volumes with over 2,800 journal subscriptions, 1,664 online journals and 825 online books/documents. Library services include general reference and in-depth consulting in all aspects of information retrieval and management. Classes are offered on biomedical literature searching, PowerPoint, and bibliographic management software (EndNote). For library hours, reference assistance, special collections and other information see the web site, send email or call (650) 723-6831.

Robert Crown Law Library

Loan Desk (650) 723-2477
Reference Desk (650) 725-0800,

The Robert Crown Law Library supports the curriculum and programs of the Law School. These include classroom instruction, research by faculty and students, clinical programs and support for scholarly journals and research centers. The collection contains 450,000 bound volumes, 280,000 microforms, and 7,900 serial subscriptions. The collection covers all areas of law, with an emphasis on Anglo-American law. The library also has substantial holdings of comparative and international law, and provides access to a wide array of online legal databases. The library is open to Stanford faculty, students, and staff, but some online database access is generally restricted to Law School users and the reference librarian can assist non law students with such database use. During law school exam periods the library's study facilities are restricted to law students only. The library is open to attorneys on a fee basis, and is not open to the general public. For more information, contact the loan desk.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Library
Loan and Reference Desk (650) 926-2411,

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Library provides essential information services to the Laboratory research programs in photon science, particle and astroparticle physics and other subjects as they support the Laboratory's primary scientific and technical mission. The SLAC Libraryalso provides the world-wide particle and astroparticle physics community with timely, accurate and comprehensive information through the SPIRES suite of databases. (

The library is open to Stanford faculty, students, and staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is also open to the general public for library use only, but arrangements must be made in advance with the library.

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Academic Computing
(650) 724-5600

The Academic Computing division within Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) supports the use of technology in teaching, learning, research and student community life. Academic Computing services and facilities are located in Meyer Library, in Tresidder Union, and in student residence halls.

Academic Computing provides:
  • Consulting and training on the use of technology in teaching and learning,
  • Residential Computing and Public Computing programs,
  • Consulting and Multimedia Services for students and faculty,
  • The Academic Technology Specialists program for faculty,
  • Software development of applications, including CourseWork and Socrates, that are used by faculty and students in their learning, teaching and information discovery,
  • Support for library staff and library public computing kiosks and clusters, and
  • Access to digital content through the Stanford University Libraries.

The division's Academic Technology Specialists provide faculty and staff with department level consulting in the effective uses of information technology for education. In order to provide maximum assistance, Academic Technology Specialists are placed within schools, programs or departments based not simply on technical expertise, but on discipline-specific expertise. For more information on the Academic Technology Specialists program, please see the web at

The division's Student Computing department provides a wide array of technology services through Residential Computing, Public Computing, and Consulting and Multimedia Services (CAMS). Residential Computing has a 20-year history of supporting student uses of technology for academic, social, and community-building purposes for Stanford's 10,500 housed students. Residential Computing provides networking support, live-in peer consulting and educational programs, computer clusters and multimedia equipment, and printing and software systems. Residential Computing also works with Residential and Dining Enterprises to provide Summer Conference Computing Services for thousands of summer visitors. For more information, see the Residential Computing web site at or contact the office at (650) 723-4800.

Public Computing supports student and faculty uses of technology with central facilities in Meyer Library and Tresidder Union including computer clusters, 24-hour study spaces, the Multimedia Studio, technology-enhanced classrooms, the Digital Language Lab and classrooms, and the Academic Technology Lab (ATL). In collaboration with Residential Computing, Public Computing develops and manages software delivery systems for some 1400 public and staff computers in various departments in over 100 locations. Consulting and Multimedia Services (CAMS) provides consulting and digitizing services, loaner equipment, and multimedia expertise for students and faculty, and the ATL offers project-based and general consulting for faculty uses of instructional technologies For more information see and .

For more information about Academic Computing's services or facilities, visit the web site listed at the beginning of this section, ask a consultant at the Technology Services Desk on the second floor of Meyer Library or call (650) 723-9407.

Digital Library Systems and Services

Recognizing the ongoing need to position itself for the digital future, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) created the Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) group in 2004. DLSS is the information technology production arm of the Stanford Libraries; it serves as the digitization, digital preservation and access systems provider for SULAIR; and it is the research and development unit for new technologies, standards and methodologies related to library systems.
DLSS supports the mission of SULAIR by working in collaboration with relevant SULAIR units and individuals to:

  • Plan, design, implement and operate technology services, systems and infrastructure for the Stanford University Libraries, including the library management system (Unicorn) and component parts; web and access systems, digitization lab software (labware); and the core server, database, storage, backup and web infrastructure.

  • Provision and manage digital resources for the Libraries through their complete lifecycle, including project management and digitization/preservation consulting; acquisition; digitization; metadata design, specification and generation; digital preservation; online access; and overall management of digital materials.

  • Research, evaluate, design, and implement emerging technology, standards and methodologies for digital collection development and management, digital preservation (including the Stanford Digital Repository), and online access to Library resources, and the related library infrastructure to support all of the above.

For more information, see

Humanities Digital Information Service (HDIS)

(650) 213-6759,

The Humanities Digital Information Service (HDIS), in the Lane Room on the second floor of Green Library, is the computing support center of the Stanford University Libraries’ Humanities Resource Group. In its online presence, HDIS creates and provides access to searchable online collections of image and full-text resources for the Stanford humanities community. For access to these collections, please see the Text and Image sections of the HDIS web site.

HDIS also offers assistance in preparing research-quality collections for humanities scholars and students, and provides support and instruction in the use of these collections. HDIS welcomes inquiries about image databases, about machine-assisted text analysis tools and techniques, and about humanities computing generally. Please send inquiries via email to

Finally, HDIS maintains a non-circulating book and CD-ROM collection on topics in Digital Culture and Humanities Computing. This is a rich and growing off-line resource of current thought in these emerging fields. For more information on this collection, see the “Digital Culture” section of the HDIS web site.

Social Science Data and Software (SSDS)

Social Science Data and Software provides a variety of data and software services and support to Stanford faculty, staff and students in the acquisition of social science data and the selection and use of statistical and qualitative analysis software. Staff members provide these services in a variety of ways that include individual consulting, help documents and by-request group workshops that introduce our services and resources in general or are tailored for data-intensive classes and research seminars. Consulting is available via email, by appointment and during scheduled walk-in hours. In-person consultations take place in the Velma Denning Room, located in the Social Sciences Resource Center (SSRC) on the first floor of the Green Library Bing Wing. A reference library of software manuals, textbooks on statistics and econometrics, journals, magazines, codebooks and CD-ROM user documentation is located in the Velma Denning Room. In addition, users can browse a list of software manuals and textbooks on the SSDS web site. Help guides and documents for learning statistical and qualitative software are available on our web site and in the Velma Denning Room.

Data Services
(650) 725-1062; 723-7009
Data specialists help users locate social science data for their research or instruction. Key SSDS virtual resources include: ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Social and Political Research); The Roper Center for Public Opinion; and the Data Extraction Web Interface (DEWI), a web-based data search and extraction system for accessing social science numeric data. DEWI incorporates codebook information, allowing users to search datasets by keywords and select variables for sub-setting and extraction in a variety of statistical formats. Local resources include a rich collection of cataloged numeric datasets on CD-ROM and diskette, available from computers in the Velma Denning Room. Users have access to detailed and summary data that cover a range of topics and time periods from U.S. federal agencies, international organizations and foreign governments.

Software Services
(650) 723-2678
Software consultants provide support for popular statistical software, SPSS, SAS, and Stata, and qualitative software, NVivo and ATLAS.ti. Clients visiting the Velma Denning Room can evaluate a variety of software packages, including other specialized applications such as AMOS, UCINET and ArcGIS. Consultants provide advice with and information on: the availability and appropriateness of various software packages, resources for learning and teaching popular statistical and qualitative software packages, survey design and tips for data entry, solutions to common problems, data management, data reshaping, data conversion and formatting between statistical packages.

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