Can I get access to the Main stacks as a visitor?

Yes, but we ask that you come with a research need, such as a Main (Gardner) Stacks call number or an appropriate topic of interest. 

You can request access online for a single day.  On weekdays, you can submit your request by 10am for same-day access. If your request is granted, we will email you a confirmation.  Please note that you will need to print out the pass that is attached to the email, and bring it when you visit.

At other times, or to make a request for multiple days as described below, come to the Reference Desk (second floor, Doe Library) with a current photo ID to request access in-person.   For hours of this desk, see our Library Hours page under "Doe Library / Reference Service".

Doe Reference Desk location

Researchers whose projects will require repeated visits may come to the Reference Desk and request a "Reference Card". 

Both the one-day pass and the Reference Card provide access to the Gardner (Main) Stacks.  Neither includes borrowing privileges, off-campus database access, the ability to request items through the OskiCat catalog, or delivery of materials from the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF ).

For more details, please see our Borrowing page, or contact the Privileges Desk (Doe Library, floor 1) at 510-642-3403.