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Oceania Collections at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives

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, use one word searches if possible, and be sure to try alternate spellings of names, as well as names in both the format "First Name Last Name" and "Last Name, First Name." If you use more than one search term, enclose the terms in quotation marks.

On the Online Archive of California, for each collection brought up by a search, click on the underlined collection title, and yellow highlights and arrows will lead you to each place in the finding aid where the search term is found.

If you find one result that is particularly relevant, look at the subject terms assigned to it, and try repeating your search using the applicable subject term.

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