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 collections

These pages describe and provide access to collections related to the history of the Apple Computer.
Apple Computer, 1990

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.

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.
Fortification of the Lübeck City Gate (Holstentor). Woodcut by Erhard Altdorfer, (c. 1480–1561)

Islamic & Islamic Middle East collections

Print, audio and visual materials for study and research on the Islamic world and the Middle East.

Jewish Studies collections

The Jewish Studies collections in the Stanford University Libraries support research and instruction in all aspects of this interdisciplinary field
Back gate of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fostat, Cairo, 1985

Latin American & Iberian collections

Historical strength in 19th and 20th century Mexico and Brazil; includes recent unique holdings on Chilean literature and culture.
Cover of a Mexican print depicting Independent Miguel Hidalgo and flag

Mexican American collections

The country's largest research collection of primary sources on the Mexican American experience in the United States.
Campesino (oil on canvas), Daniel DeSiga, 1976

Slavic & Eastern European collections

A notably large and rich collection of Russian materials; also strong Baltic, Czech, Polish and (ex-)Yugoslav collections.
Church of the Holy Spirit in Białystok, Poland