Reference and instruction

Reference help

Reference is offered to Stanford faculty, staff, and students from any department on campus. The Science Library is staffed with subject specialists assigned as liaisons to both respond to and anticipate the information needs of students, faculty, and researchers. These subject specialist librarians are available for one-on-one consultations by phone, e-mail, or in-person. 

Please send email to for help.  For in-depth assistance please contact:

Vacant Assistant Director/Mathematics and Statistics Librarian
Amanda Nelson Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian

Kristen Greenland

Biology Librarian 

Stella Kaoru Ota 

Physics Librarian


You can also fill out the
Ask a reference question form available on the Stanford University Libraries website.

Finding library materials

For an introduction to research at Stanford and its research resources and tools, please see the Stanford University Libraries Find books, Find articles, and Find dissertations and theses research guides.


To learn more about using various research tools please visit the Tutorials A-Z page.

Workshops and training sessions

The Science Library offers training sessions by appointment in the use of the library; in searching SearchWorks, BIOSIS, and other library databases; and in finding literature in the sciences. A training session may be combined with a tour of the library or offered separately.

To schedule a training session for an individual or for a class or other group, send a message to or contact (650) 723-1528.

Library tours

The Science Library offers orientation tours of the library during the Fall Quarter.  Advanced registration is required (max 15 users per session).  Tours of the Science Library will begin at the circulation desk and last about an hour. Please email Science Library or stop by the Science Library circulation desk to sign up for a session. 

The Science Library also offers tours of the library by appointment for any group or individual. Preference is given to persons who are affiliated with Stanford University. For large classes, a series of tours for groups of ten or fewer persons may be required. Please email Science Library or contact (650) 723-1528 to schedule a tour for an individual or for a class or other group.

For more information about Stanford University Libraries tours, see Stanford Libraries Tours page.