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About Lane Library

Library Mission

Lane Medical Library accelerates scientific discovery, clinical care, medical education and humanities through teaching, collaboration, and delivery of biomedical and historical resources.

Guiding Principles:

  • Further the mission of Stanford Medicine and Stanford University
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through our resources and services
  • Be dynamic and user-centric
  • Exceed expectations as a trusted, world-class source of expertise

About the Library

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Lane Medical Library is a state-of-the-art medical library within the Medical Student Education group led by Senior Associate Dean Neil Gesundheit, MD. The library is comprised of three groups, all of which support Stanford Medical Center’s research, education, and patient care objectives.

We are proud of our rich history dating back to 1882.

Lane Library has 30 full-time staff of which 20 are librarians or technology professionals.

Lane Library’s Liaison Program pairs departments, institutes, and student groups of Stanford University Medical Center with individual librarians who are familiar with the perspectives and knowledge of their assigned departments and specialties. We offer a variety of additional help, such as curriculum content management, and expert research consultation.

Contact your departmental library liaison for detailed information.

Our Collection

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Lane Library provides an extensive collection in clinical medicine, biomedicine, and public health.


over 75,000 resources


over 150,000 titles
  • 30,000 historical/rare works
  • 127,472 print book titles

Collection Development

Lane Library supports its mission to accelerate scientific discovery in part by curating a collection of print and digital knowledge resources relevant to the in-depth research, graduate-level education, and clinical patient care performed by the Stanford Medicine community and its affiliated hospitals and clinics.

The core of Lane Library's collection development activities is focused on acquiring journals, databases, and books related to most medical specialties, as well as nursing, allied health, health care administration, and the basic life sciences. Lane Library emphasizes resources in digital format where possible to deliver its resources at the point of need.

Lane Library and other Stanford libraries coordinate collection development in related subject areas to create collections that complement and maximize the use of all Stanford resources to meet curriculum and research needs of Stanford University as a whole.

Search and Discovery Tools

We offer a variety of tools to access relevant materials anytime, anywhere:

  • Lane Search for articles, books, journals, databases, and other Lane website content
  • DocXpress Document Delivery Service for materials not available online or at Stanford
  • Guides to curate resources on specific subjects and research topics
  • A proxy service for off-campus access to restricted content
  • Smart searching including a link resolver for journal articles from PubMed and other databases


The Stanford Medicine Community has access to our study and computing spaces with: