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Reading Room Hours

Research Services

Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Using the Reading Room

Request items and reserve a seat at least 7 calendar days in advance.

Search Tips

For keyword searches, consider trying one-word searches first to receive a wide range of results. When you enter several search terms, only results containing all terms will be shown. Especially when using search terms in foreign languages, consider trying alternate spellings.

Searches on the Online Archive of California (OAC) will bring up a list of relevant collections. Click on the underlined collection titles to go to the finding aid of individual collections. Highlights and arrows will lead you to each place in the finding aid where the search term is found.

Bonus tip (works for both SearchWorks and OAC): If you find one result that is particularly relevant, look at the subject terms assigned to it and try performing a search for similar or related materials by clicking on the applicable subject term(s).

Questions? Email

Important Resources

Aeon: Registration and request system

(start here to register for an account if you are new)

OAC: Guides to archival collections

(search for and request archival items to view)

SearchWorks: Catalog of library material

(search for and request library items to view)

Digital Collections: Digitized materials

(search for digitized materials from our collection)

How to Access HILA Collections via Aeon

Please watch this 3 minute video on Aeon registration before visiting the Hoover Institution Library & Archives:


For Stanford affiliates, if you are currently residing near Stanford and have registered for Aeon already, please make a reservation to view the items in-person and in advance.


Please watch this short video on how to reserve a seat:


Not in the Bay Area? You can request low resolution scans from our collections!


Requesting Reference Scans of Archival Material through Aeon:



Requesting Reference Scans of Library Material through Aeon:


Handling Archival Materials in the Reading Room