FAQs

How do I borrow a book?


Your Student ID is your library card. To borrow a book at Terman Library, you can use our self-checkout station. Most other libraries will require you to bring the book to their circulation desk.



How long can I borrow books from Terman Library?


Books and theses can be borrowed for 28 days, and you can renew them twice. Other types of materials have different loan periods. For more details, see our website. Note that loan policies vary by library, so check the specific library website or ask at the front desk.



How do I renew a book?


To renew a book, click on the My Account link on the library website (upper right-hand corner) and follow the instructions to renew. If your book has already been renewed twice, you will need to bring it back to the owning library in order to renew again.



How do I find regular books?


All the print books in the libraries collections are listed in SearchWorks. Most of our e-books are listed there as well. To find a book you can search by keywords, author, title, or subject. Still can’t find the one you wanted – ask us!



What does it mean when I get email about a book recall?


Sometimes particular books are very popular. If you get an mail about book recall, it means that someone else has requested that book urgently and your circulation period has been shortened. Note the NEW DUE DATE and make sure your return it by that date so you will not get fined for keeping it overdue. You will still get a guaranteed minimum time with the book before it can be recalled.



My instructor says there's a book on reserve here for my class, how do I find it?


To find reserves for your class, search the SearchWorks reserves catalog. You will need to note the call number listed with the book and request it at the loan desk.



Can I use the rooms in this building to study?


Yes, as long as they aren't already booked for a meeting by faculty or staff. To find out if rooms are booked, scan the QR code outside each room, or follow the instructions on our student resources page.



Where can I go to study late at night?


Green Library is open the most hours of all the libraries and Lathrop Library has a 24 hour study room that is open to all students. You can find other library spaces with late study hours on the libraries places to study page.



What does SAL3 mean?


SAL3 (Stanford Auxilary Library #3) is the libraries’ off-campus storage facility in Livermore, CA. You can borrow items from SAL3 by clicking the "Page for delivery" link for the item you want to borrow in SearchWorks. You can't go to SAL3 in person to borrow material.



How do I find journal articles?


To find articles use a database, like IEEEXplore, Web of Science and Scopus or try one of our other Engineering databases.

To find articles on a particular topic, try one of our topic guides to help you select a database for searching.

For more help, check out the topic guide on finding articles.



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