The grand staircase leading to the Bing Wing's second floor. Green Library, damaged in the 1989 quake, was resurrected last autumn, its west end, Green Library West, now known as the Bing Wing.

Library Resources

Stanford University Libraries: Latin American & Iberian Collections

The Stanford University Library System is one of the largest academic and research libraries in North America, and the Latin American collection is one of the most comprehensive in the country.

The University libraries hold over 380,000 monographs and several thousand periodicals on Latin America, principally devoted to the humanities and social sciences. The collection is especially strong on Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the US-Mexico Border. The Hoover Institution Archives, one of the largest university archives in the world, contains many primary collections of Latin America-related documents. Additional specialized resources are located in the Art, Business, Education, Medicine, Law, and Music Libraries as well as the Special Collections and Government Documents Division of the main research library. Stanford also provides access to an extensive array of online resources, both those available without charge and those for which Stanford must license access through subscription fees. Its subscriptions cover most of the standard databases and journals which are available online from and about Latin America. The Library has also engaged in outreach to first-generation students in California's community colleges through student visits to consult the Special Collections materials. The Latin American Curator worked with instructors and librarians of both visiting institutions. After a simple registration process, the public may come in to use library materials, including those in Special Collections.

Learn more about the Latin American & Iberian Collections.

Library Access Grants

CLAS offers library access grants for faculty from qualified Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and community colleges across the U.S. to conduct research at the Stanford University Libraries.

Learn more about CLAS's Library Access Grants.


CLAS is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC). Supported by the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of Title VI, Section 602(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, NRCs serve to strengthen access to and training in the major languages of their respective regions, and to broaden area studies training across all disciplines.