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The Branner Earth Sciences Library

The Branner Earth Sciences Library contains 125,000 volumes, including 2,000 serial titles, and 270,000 sheet maps. The library is also a depository for the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Geological Survey, and is housed in the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building at 397 Panama Mall.

Branner Library also offers the following services:

Data Management Services

The main goal of Data Management Services is to assist Stanford University's researchers with the organization, management, and curation of research data in order to enhance its preservation and access now and into the future. We can help you create and carry out a data management strategy that will preserve your valuable research data for future sharing and reuse.

Geospatial Information Services

From the brand-new user to GIS to the experienced researcher, Branner Library GIS supports students, faculty, and staff in any aspect of GIS with instruction and consultation services. Please visit our web site at for more information.


Branner Library began as the 5,000 volume private collection of John Casper Branner, Stanford's first professor and second president, who came to Stanford in 1891.

"One of Branner's material legacies was the nucleus of what is now the Branner Earth Sciences Library. Branner was a compulsive purchaser of books and periodicals; his collection quickly became the de facto departmental library, although it remained in his possession. It was finally bought by the university at the time of Branner's retirement in 1915, and under careful management and expansion, it has become one of the best of such libraries in the nation."

Professor Benjamin Page (1911-1997), Sandstone and Tile, Stanford Historical Society


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