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Library Resources for Stanford Law School Students

Law Library Activities

Remember that resting is an important part of learning effectively.  In recognition of the importance of taking study breaks, this page provides some resources you can consider utilizing.  For instance, you may want to take a break at the library's leisure reading area (first floor) to read your favorite magazine or newspaper.

Or, check out the Vrooman Collection (adjacent to the leisure reading area), which is an eclectic collection of popular fiction and nonfiction on subjects outside of the law.  These are arranged by author’s last name.


Check out Professor Norman Spaulding's list of local attractions and things to do, located at the Reference Desk.  Or, take a break to meet the the furry, fuzzy, and feathered co-workers of the Stanford Law faculty and staff and check out Finals Advice: SLS Pets Edition and our virtual displays.

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Cool Gadgets to Borrow

The Robert Crown Law Library has a number of cool gadgets that Stanford Law School students can check out, from bicycles to games, chargers, and laptops.  Reserve items online, then pick them up at the Circulation Desk.




Audiovisual Materials

Blu-Ray & DVD

The Robert Crown Law Library has more than 1,000 video titles to choose from, including popular television shows, documentaries, and videos with tips about practicing law.  Search or browse the library catalog, then come to the Loan Desk to pick up your selection.

Availability is limited to Stanford law students, faculty, and staff.  Videos are for in-library use only and must be returned the same day.  SLS student organizations interested in viewing these films for an event may have extended borrowing privileges.  Please inquire with Will Huggins, Associate Director of Access Services, who can provide information about whether public performance rights are included with an individual title.  Contact for assistance with extending your loan period.

Video Streaming

Kanopy is a video streaming service, available through Stanford, that includes films, television shows, and educational videos.  Major subjects covered include the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.  Search or browse films by subject (including Documentaries, LGBT, Classic Cinema, Comedy, and War & Action) and language.  Kanopy also includes the Criterion Collection of feature films.

Other video streaming services include Alexander Street (media collection about the arts), Docuseek2 (documentaries on social issues), and Met Opera on Demand (includes over 450 Met performances).

Television News Archive

The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is a searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present.  The Archive's collection includes evening news from ABC, CBS, and NBC (since 1968), an hour per day of CNN (since 1995), and Fox News (since 2004).

Explore abstracts of news clips by date or subject (including Space Exploration, War, Protests, and Personal Computing & Technology), or enter a keyword search.  Through an agreement with Stanford University, selected videos are available to be viewed online.


A selection of popular business audiobooks (and eBooks) is available through the Graduate School of Business via OverDrive

Download the OverDrive app, sign in with your Stanford credentials, and start listening today!  For more details about setting up your account, please see OverDrive's Getting Started guide.

Music Streaming

Check out music streaming resources available through Stanford libraries and other free online audio resources.

Green Library's Media & Microtext Center

The Stanford Daily describes the Green Library's Media and Microtext Center as a "hidden gem."  It offers a video game area that includes Xbox 360s, PlayStation 2s, Nintendo 64, Atari 2600, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo Game Cubes.  A link to SearchWorks records for video games at the Center can be found here.  There are also seven VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray viewing stations.  The Media and Microtext Center's hours can be found here













Virtual Tours

Travel the world from the comfort of your home!  Many fantastic zoos, museums, and other attractions have made virtual tours available.