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Stanford Libraries

Library privileges for Continuing Studies students are based upon the duration of your course, and are only to be used on campus. (Online library access remains unavailable)

Please be aware that students only need to obtain a library card if they wish to check out books. Access to the building will be granted with a valid ID and a confirmation of enrollment letter (electronic versions displayed on a Smart Phone are acceptable).

If your course duration is 5 weeks or longer:
Students are eligible for a SUL* access and borrowing card valid from the start of the course until one week after the course ends. Students must present confirmation of enrollment and a valid government-issued photo ID to the Loan & Privileges Desk at Green Library to receive a library card. The Privileges Desk is open anytime the library is open. There is a 25-item limit on borrowing privileges at one time.

Starting Fall 2015, a $10 fee will be required to obtain a library card if you do not currently have one. (There will be a $20 replacement charge for lost/damaged cards). If you have received a library card in the past but it does not have your photo on it, you will be required to upgrade to the new card if you wish to check out books. 

If your course duration is between 3-4 weeks:
Students are eligible for building access to the SULAIR* libraries, but no borrowing privileges are available for courses of this duration. No library card is required for building access. Students must simply present a confirmation of enrollment letter and a valid government-issued ID at the library entrance for building access (electronic versions of confirmation letter, displayed on a Smart Phone, are acceptable).

If your course duration is less than 3 weeks:
No library access or borrowing privileges will be provided beyond Stanford's Courtesy Privileges.
Helpful Links:
Further Info:
For additional questions on library privileges, students are invited to contact the library directly at: sul-privileges@stanford.edu, or 650-723-1492, or in person: Cecil H. Green Library, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305.

* SUL stands for Stanford University Libraries. 

Stanford Bookstore

Textbooks are available at the Stanford Bookstore, on the lower level, in a section designated "Continuing Studies." Required textbooks and course readers are generally available two weeks prior to the start of the quarter.

Bookstore Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
*Bookstore hours may vary throughout the quarter. To confirm hours before you visit, click here.

Constinuing Studies students are eligible to receive a 7% discount on textbooks, let the cashier know during checkout that this applies to you. Most textbooks are also available to rent for the duration of the quarter.

Order online: You may also order books online. Visit the Bookstore's Textbook Ordering.
  • Go to >> Books >> Textbooks >> Select Continuing Studies as your division and SCS as your department.
  • If there is an option to rent, you will be able to select "Buy" or "Rent" during the ordering process.
Order by phone: To order by phone and have books mailed to you, please call the Order Department at 650-725-6136, ext. 328 or 398. Shipping charges will apply.
Returns can be made, with your receipt, through the second week of the quarter. New books and course readers must be unmarked and undamaged. During the summer quarter, course readers may only be returned, with your receipt, one week from date of purchase.