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Humanities/Area Studies Resource Center (HASRC)

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Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center
Bing Wing, Cecil H. Green Library
Stanford, CA 94305-6004


Floorplans are posted in the Bing Wing of the library and are available at the Lane Room Reception Desk. Here is an online version of the floorplan. And here is the searchable Campus Map for the entire university.


The Lane Reading Room of the Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center is open all the hours that Green Library is open.

The Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center (HASRC) is the disciplinary resource center for the humanities and area studies of the Stanford University Libraries. The HASRC's staff and reference collections are located in the newly restored Bing Wing of Green Library. The services housed in this space, including the curatorial offices dedicated to specific disciplinary areas, constitute the public service program of the Humanities and Area Studies Resource Center.

The primary clientele of the HASRC consists of Stanford faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate majors in the humanities and area studies. The HASRC provides programs focused on the instructional and research needs of this clientele. Curators are primarily responsible for reaching out to this clientele and ensuring that library users in these categories are familiar enough with the HASRC to use its reference tools and collections and to seek out additional help from curatorial offices as needed.

Patrons outside the primary clientele, such as members of the Stanford community from departments and programs other than those served directly by the HASRC, also have access to the HASRC collections and may consult with HASRC staff. It is expected that their main sources of information are electronic information resources presented by the Stanford University Libraries, and that they will generally first seek reference help from the staff at the Information Center.

The Lane Humanities and Area Studies Reading Room

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The Lane Reading Room is the humanities reading and reference room on the second floor of the Bing Wing. It offers printed reference collections arranged by call number and specific "mini-collections" devoted to important topical areas in the humanities and area studies, including collections of new fiction and new books in the scholarly fields of the humanities. Reference materials providing aid in use of the Department of Special Collections -- primarily guides to manuscripts and rare books -- can also be found here. The Lane Reading Room houses the Humanities Digital Information Service (HDIS), which delivers SUL's electronic library of humanities texts and provides access to electronic indexes, electronic publications, and the Internet. Traditional study and reading space and computer workstations with Internet access can be found in the Lane Reading Room, as can space devoted to the use of electronic resources in the humanities and area studies.


The Lane Reading Room is open for use during all Green Library open hours. Curatorial offices are "open" Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, with access to curators available primarily during office hours and by appointment; these are the primary or core HASRC service hours.

Service Program

The HASRC offers a service program with several components:

  • The collections program comprises the curatorial offices responsible for collection development in the fields and disciplines associated with the HASRC. These include the curatorial offices for English and American Literature; English and American History; Germanic Collections; Romance Collections; Slavic and Eastern European Collections; Latin American, Iberian, and Chicano Collections; and Hebraica and Judaica Collections, all located in Green Library. In addition, the collection development staffs participate in the HASRC collections program, and several bibliographic assignments -- such as those for Classics, Religious Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, and Multicultural Studies -- are assigned to the bibliographers within SUL/AIR.

  • The HASRC provides self-service access to print and digital reference resources located in the Lane Reading Room; assistance in the use of these resources is provided by HASRC staff, with emphasis on encouraging patron self-sufficiency through guides and instruction programs.

  • Reference service is offered in several ways:

    1. Self-service use of the HASRC collections in the Lane Reading Room, as above, or online tutorials and guides prepared by HASRC staff;

    2. Consultation with curatorial staff who specialize in disciplines and subject areas;

    3. Reference referrals from the Green Library Information Center to HASRC staff in the Lane Reading Room or to curatorial staff available for this purpose by appointment or during posted office hours.

  • Self-service access to library resources in the humanities and area studies throughout the Stanford University Libraries is facilitated by guides, Web sites, bibliographic instruction, finding aids, cataloging, and other means provided by the HASRC, often in cooperation with the Department of Special Collections.

  • HASRC instructional programs, including those offered by HDIS, are focused on library methods and materials in the subject disciplines within the humanities and area studies.

  • The HDIS is responsible for the preparation of texts for the online text library in the humanities and for the collection of digital resources in the Lane Reading Room, as well as for access to these collections; HDIS and other HASRC staff provide instruction in the use of digital resources in the humanities and area studies.

Last modified: September 7, 2007

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