Collecting areas

The Stanford Libraries have strengths in many distinct collecting areas from Mexican American collections to artists’ books. Many of our key collecting areas are highlighted here, and can be discovered via SearchWorks.

African collections

Library and campus resources, news feeds, and blogs covering history, politics and culture of all African nations.
Apple Computer, 1990

Apple Computer collections

These pages describe and provide access to collections related to the history of the Apple Computer.

French & Italian collections

Print, manuscript, and online resources on language, literature, and history as well culture, society, and politics of France, Italy, and Francophone Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada.
Fortification of the Lübeck City Gate (Holstentor). Woodcut by Erhard Altdorfer, (c. 1480–1561)

Germanic collections

Print, manuscript, and online resources focusing primarily on cultural, literary, and historical materials from Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland, but also including the Netherlands, the Flemish-speaking areas of Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.

Islamic & Islamic Middle East collections

Print, audio and visual materials for study and research on the Islamic world and the Middle East.
Back gate of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fostat, Cairo, 1985

Jewish Studies collections

The Jewish Studies collections in the Stanford University Libraries support research and instruction in all aspects of this interdisciplinary field
Cover of a Mexican print depicting Independent Miguel Hidalgo and flag

Latin American & Iberian collections

Historical strength in 19th and 20th century Mexico and Brazil; includes recent unique holdings on Chilean literature and culture.
Campesino (oil on canvas), Daniel DeSiga, 1976

Mexican American collections

The country's largest research collection of primary sources on the Mexican American experience in the United States.
Church of the Holy Spirit in Białystok, Poland

Slavic & Eastern European collections

A notably large and rich collection of Russian materials; also strong Baltic, Czech, Polish and (ex-)Yugoslav collections.