Access Policies

The Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School, Stanford University, a private institution, is a friendly, comfortable and well-equipped legal research library whose specific mission is to support the curriculum, clinics and programs of the law school.

The law library has a rich collection of books along with millions of pages of online documents intended for use by Stanford students, faculty and staff — as well as, at times, by certain others, such as individuals who are participants in the SLS Visiting Scholars Program.

SLS Alumni/Alumnae & Recent Grads

  • Use of the Library:  Stanford Law School alumni/alumnae are always welcome to use the law library. If you are an SLS alumnus or alumna and would like to obtain an alumni library card, please fill out the online form. Please provide us with your name as you would like it to appear on the card, your mailing address and your class year. Note that the SLS alumni library card will provide access to the Robert Crown Law Library only.
  • Access to Print & Database Materials:  Please see our SLS Alumni/Alumnae & Recent Grads webpage for information about accessing the library with existing student ID cards.SLS ALUMNI/ALUMNAE & RECENT GRADS WEBPAGE

Law Library Maps

The First Floor serves as the main entrance to the library. The Circulation desk, Reference desk, student computers and conference rooms (SLS only) are located on this floor. Collections on the first floor include federal materials, Vrooman popular reading titles, and specialty collections. Course reserves and permanent reserves are located behind the Circulation desk.

The Second Floor is a 24/7 quiet study space that houses in-library use only materials (Stacks-2 items) including the Eyles Aisle collection. The “Teaming Room” on this floor provides scanning, printing, and faxing for SLS affiliates. After-hours access to the second floor is limited to SLS students, faculty, and staff.

The Basement houses the majority of the Law Library’s browsable print collection, including folios.

The Locked-Stacks is a closed stack space that houses selected print materials and the Law Library’s microform collection. Since the materials in this location are not open stacks, please visit the Circulation Desk on the first floor to have items paged.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars who meet eligibility requirements may apply for admission into the SLS Visiting Scholars Program.  Those accepted as Visiting Scholars or Visiting Student Researchers gain certain access privileges to the Robert Crown Law Library as described here.


The Robert Crown Law Library reserves the right to revoke the access privileges of anyone, in any category of user.