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Basics for Library Success


Key information for students using the Leonard Library.

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  • Library Home Page
    Access to most Library services and information can be found at
  • Library Frequently Asked Questions
    If you have a question, please check out the Library's Frequently Asked Questions page at If you cannot find the answer to a question on our website, please contact us.
  • Requesting Items from the Library  
    Search InvestiGator (the Library's online catalog) for items in the library's collections. When an item is found, click on the "Request Item" button and follow the instructions.
  • Checking Out Library Materials  
    Use your SF State OneCard (student ID card) to check out all materials and for other Library services.
  • Library Hours
    These are listed at
  • Setting up a Library PIN & Viewing Your Library Record  
    You must set up a Library PIN (Personal Identification Number) in order to order materials and access databases from off campus.
  • Interlibrary Services
    Interlibrary Services are used to obtain materials that the library does not own. Complete information about services offered is available here:
  • Accessing Library Databases from Off-Campus
    Most Library databases may be accessed from off-campus by simply setting up your Library PIN (see above). For complete information, see our guide to Off-Campus Database Access:
  • Printing & Photocopying  
    The SF State OneCard (student ID card) is used for all printing/photocopying in the Library.
  • Reserve Services
    The Reserve Services is where professors may set aside or reserve materials for their students to be checked out for shorter periods of time. Reserve items check out from the Distribution Desk, Library, 1st floor.
  • Help  
    Use IM Library Help or go to the Research Assistance Desk for research advice or help using any Library resources including electronic databases. For all types of computer skills classes and workshops, see the Div. of Info Technology.

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Associate Librarian
Biology and Health Professions Subject Specialist
J. Paul Leonard Library, SF State
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4030

Tel: 415/338-7395
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