J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library

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Meyer Library – Stanford University
Closeup of second floor

The J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library is one of several libraries at Stanford University in California. It is also known as the Undergraduate Library. The library was dedicated on December 2, 1966. The building has been determined to be seismically unsafe and is slated for demolition in 2015.

Designed by architect and Stanford alumnus John Carl Warnecke, Meyer Library's arcades feature high columns and vaulted ceilings. The library is a four-story building with a sloping tile roof, and the outer sides of the building are lined with vertical bands of tall windows. The inner, central section of each side of the building is covered with a mesh of small windows.

The first floor of the Meyer Library consists of several seminar rooms and a computer cluster, as well as a 24-hour study room. The first floor is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The second floor is the home of Academic Computing and Residential Computing, which provides technological expertise and resources to faculty and students. In addition to a general computer cluster, there is a specialized Multimedia Studio and a Digital Language Lab. Also, the Meyer Technology Services Desk is present here to provide direct troubleshooting and consulting services. The third floor contains library systems and offices.

The fourth floor houses the East Asia Library, which has a vast Chinese collection of over 300,000 volumes, a Japanese collection of over 100,000 volumes, and a new Korean collection of over 10,000 volumes. The plan to demolish the Meyer Library has left the future of this collection uncertain; a planned replacement library will not accommodate the East Asia collection, and its ultimate location has not been decided.[1]


The library is named for J. Henry Meyer (1855–1921), a wealthy California businessman and native Californian, who was an early supporter of Stanford, particularly the Stanford libraries. He was born in Sacramento and settled in San Francisco. He was a banker and an important influence on the development of the street railway systems in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He helped to underwrite the establishment of Stanford's Lane Medical Library, and in 1916 he created a Stanford endowment fund to collect important western historical manuscripts. Two of his three children graduated from Stanford, and his children continued his tradition of supporting the university. Their support, together with a grant from the U.S. Office of Education, made the undergraduate library possible, and it was named in their father's honor.[2]

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Stanford University Libraries


  1. ^ "Future location of East Asia library debated". Stanford Daily. February 23, 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ The J. Henry Meyer Memorial Library dedication program. Stanford University. December 2, 1966. 

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Coordinates: 37°25′32″N 122°10′02″W / 37.425686°N 122.167360°W / 37.425686; -122.167360