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General Library Information

Your Library Card

Your OneCard/SF State ID is your library card. With it, you can check out books at the Book Check Out counter and use computer labs. You should also set up a Library PIN so that you can renew books, check on requested items, and access article databases from off campus.

Finding Materials

You've got a paper due next week! To find books on your topic, you'll need to search the catalog for books. To find journal articles, select a database on your subject from the database subject list.

Book Pickup & Checkout Counter

Go here to check out books to use at home. And here's how to check out other kinds of materials in the Library. Book Pickup and Checkout Counter.

Placing a Request for an Item the Library Does NOT Have

The basic steps you should follow before placing a request to borrow an item from another library are: 1) Know exactly what you are looking for. 2) Confirm that the item you are looking for is not available in the Library. 3) Use LINK+ or ILLiad, to locate and request the item. See the table below for more details. For more information, contact the Document Delivery Services department.

 Step 1:
Know what you are looking for
Step 2:
Check that it is not available from the Library
Step 3:
Select most appropriate service


  • Exact title
  • Author(s)
  • Edition
  • Year
  • Publisher


  • Exact title
  • Author(s)
  • Journal
  • Year
  • Volume
  • Issue

Theses / Dissertations

  • Exact title
  • Author(s)
  • Year
  • University
  • Degree


Campus instructors may place readings for you at the library. Hard copy reserves (i.e. books) will be at theBook Pickup & Checkout counter. Electronic Reserves are available online via iLearn.

Using Library Computers

The Library Information Commons Computer Lab has approximately 160 fully-equipped computers with printing. Study space for 350+ students, periodicals, and services such as research assistance, color printing, and video editing are also available.

Printing & Photocopying

You can print from a Library computer or make photocopies for 7 cents a page with your OneCard / SF State ID, or Guest Card.

Wireless Internet

You can access the campus wireless network in the Library if you have a valid SF State email account and password.