The WorkLife Office at Stanford assists members of the Stanford community in working towards reaching a balance between their work, study, personal and family lives. It offers consultations, resources and referral services, publications, library (with audio-visual materials), seminars and group activities. The office provides comprehensive information on childcare in the area, as well as public and private schools.
Call (650) 723-2660 for an appointment if you need advice on the accredited child care centers in the Bay Area. It's also a focal point for bulletin board announcements if you are looking for a baby sitter, need to buy or sell baby items, or if you/your spouse and your child(ren) would like to participate in activities and get to know other families on campus.
Because the waiting lists for childcare centers are long, we strongly recommend that you register your child with one of the centers as early as possible in order to be able to enroll him/her upon arrival in the autumn.
There are sixteen libraries at Stanford. Cecil H. Green Library is the main research library with collections in the humanities, social sciences, area studies, and interdisciplinary areas. In addition, Stanford has five Coordinate Libraries: Hoover Institution Library and Archives, J. Hugh Jackson Business Library, Lane Medical Library, Robert Crown Law Library, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Library. VIsit the library system website for a description of resources, workshops, and a virtual tour.
Fellows of the Center and their families may use Stanford recreational facilities by showing their Stanford ID. Stanford's athletic facilities are some of the best in the country, and fellows have full use of facilities. These include swimming pools, tennis courts, handball and squash courts, fully equipped men's and women's gymnasiums, and other facilities for track and field, softball, basketball and volleyball. The 18-hole Stanford golf course is also available to fellows. For operating hours, see the Department of Athletics, Physical Education.
External Fellows may purchase computer equipment through Stanford's university discount program at the Stanford Bookstore's "Computer Store." In order to make a purchase, you need to present your Visiting Scholar Card. The Computer Store is located on the second floor of the Stanford University Bookstore and can be reached by calling (650) 329-1217 or visiting their website.
Visitor Information Services offers tours of the campus and other landmarks. Free campus walking tours led by student guides are available. The tours include the Main Quad, Memorial Church, the science and engineering buildings, White Plaza, the Stanford Bookstore, and the libraries.