After-Hours Access

Eligible Users

Twenty-four hour access is an individual privilege granted to users who have a demonstrated need for around-the-clock access to Swain’s collection in order to support their research needs. This privilege cannot be shared, transferred, or used to let others into the Library.

  • All Stanford University faculty
  • All graduate students and postdocs in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Graduate students and postdocs from other Stanford departments who have a letter of support from their faculty advisor. Faculty should send requests to
  • Undergraduate students in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering who are doing lab research and require 24-hour access to Swain’s collections. Faculty in charge of that lab group must send a letter of support quarterly to
  • Selected research, academic, and administrative staff may be eligible for 24-hour access to the Library. Please contact the Swain Librarian
Policies and Procedures

Users who have 24-hour access to the Swain Library must abide by these rules or risk losing after-hours access.

  • Attending an orientation tour:
    • Orientation tour required before 24-hour access is activated. Tours are by appointment only. Attendees must:
      • Present Stanford ID and fill out a form
      • Have a Stanford ID card that has been activated by the University and/or Library Privileges
      • Have an “” email address in the library’s circulation system
  • Entering Swain when it is closed:
    • At closing, all users must exit the library and reenter using their ID card
    • Access is an individual privilege and cannot be shared with others
    • All users must be prepared to show their Stanford ID
  • Using Swain when it is closed:
    • Charge out library materials before taking them from the library
    • The reserve collection is not available when the Library is closed
    • No eating or drinking in the Library (bottled water is okay)
    • Staff areas are off-limits
  • Leaving the Library:
    • Please make sure that the Library door is closed and locked
    • The door should not be propped open for any reason
    • If you are the last one leaving the Library, please close all windows and turn off all lights
  • Losing After-Hours Access:
    • If a user is not currently registered
    • If library borrowing privileges are blocked (contact
    • If there is misuse by loaning an ID card to others or letting others into the Library
    • If a user is eating or drinking in the Library (bottled water is okay)
  • Reporting Problems:
    • If the door does not open as expected, please call 650-723-2281
    • Please report any suspicious or unsafe behavior to the Stanford police call (9-911)

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