Stanford LibrariesLibrary privileges for Continuing Studies students are based upon the duration of your course. (Privileges apply only to on-campus use; online library access remains unavailable.)
If your course duration is 5 weeks or longer:
Students are eligible for a courtesy SULAIR* 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.
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 smartphone are acceptable).
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 photo ID at the library entrance for building access (electronic versions of confirmation letter, displayed on a smartphone, 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.
For additional questions on library privileges, students are invited to contact the library directly at: [email protected], or 650-723-1492, or in person: Cecil H. Green Library, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305.
* SULAIR stands for Stanford University Library & Academic Information Resources.
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.
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
*Bookstore hours vary throughout the quarter. To confirm hours before you visit, please visit the Stanford Bookstore website.
Continuing Studies students are eligible to receive a 7% discount on textbook purchases at the Stanford Bookstore.
Order online: You may also order books online. Visit the Bookstore's Textbook Ordering. Go to > Books > Textbooks > and then select Continuing Studies as your division and SCS as your department.
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.
Continuing Studies students are welcome to use the new "Stanford Visitor" wireless network while on campus.
To access the network, simply open a web browser on your computer.* If your computer presents a choice of wireless networks to you, select "Stanford Visitor" (not "Stanford".)
Students using the "Stanford Visitor" wireless network should keep these restrictions in mind:
- There is a session limit of 12 hours.
- There is an idle timeout of four hours. If a wireless connection is idle for four hours, the session will be dropped and the client must re-connect to “Stanford Visitor.”
- The maximum download speed is 1.5 mbps.
- Access is limited to web browsing, email, SSH, and VPN.
- SMTP (port 25) is blocked. Clients must use SMTP over SSL port 465 or 587.
*There is one issue for users of Mac OS 10.7. If you are using Mac OS 10.7, a blank window addressed to www.apple.com will open instead of the portal access page. To remedy this problem, open a new web page and go to www.stanford.edu. The browser will be redirected to the Stanford Visitor portal. Click Accept. (In Safari, a window may pop open stating the certificate is invalid. Click Continue to proceed to the portal).