Library Access

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 (and please scroll down this webpage for additional information below concerning this program).

For general questions about the law library, access to it or its services, please e-mail the Reference Desk at or call 650 725.0800, Monday thru Friday (and for detailed operating hours please see here).

Even when the Reference Desk is closed, it is also possible to call — whenever the law library is open — the Circulation/Loan Desk at 650 723.2477.

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.


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.