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Library Building Project

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will faculty and students access the collections during construction?

A: Access to electronic resources unaffected

  • 200+ online databases
  • 24,000+ electronic journals
  • 9,600+ electronic books

A: Books & media paged in 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays)

  1. Search InvestiGator
  2. Submit Request
  3. Type in name, click submit button
  4. Waiting for pickup in 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays)
Step-by-step instructions | Short video

Q: What will happen to browsing the shelves during construction?

A: “Virtual Shelf”

1. Search Library Catalog

2. Choose book. Click on call number.

3. View “Virtual Shelf.” Select book near original selection.

4. View book information:

  • Availability
  • View book cover
  • Book table of contents
  • Book’s publisher information
  • Book’s publisher information
  • LibraryThing tags and recommends

Q: How will I access collections when the building is finished?

A: Open stacks

  • 250,000 volumes
  • Direct Access

A: Library Retrieval System

  • 1,000,000 volume capacity
  • Approximately 3/4 of print collection
  • 5 - 10 minute delivery time

Q: What is a Library Retrieval System?

A: High density shelving

  • Like a 30-story building with floors
  • Approximately 3/4 of print collection

Q: How does a Library Retrieval System work?

1. System receives request form Library catalog.

2. Robotic crane locates and retrieves bin containing requested item.

3. Staff member picks out requested item.

4. Typical delivery time (after building is completed): 5 - 10 minutes

Q: How do users request books from the LRS?

1. User locates item in catalog.

2. Clicks on LRS request button.

3. Types in name, clicks submit button.

4. Pick up at distribution desk 5 - 10 min. later or at leisure.

Q: Who else has a Library Retrieval System?

  • CSU Northridge - 1989
  • Eastern Michigan University - 1997
  • Sonoma State - 2000
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas - 2000
  • Valparaiso University - 2004
  • CSU Long Beach - 2008
  • Santa Clara University - 2008

Q: What is the budget for the building project?

A: $116,553,000 for building construction

  • Funds cannot be used for other purposes.

A: Standards for Campus Development Programs

  • Based on State University Administrative Manual (SUAM)

Q: Why would we spend money to build a library when we are cutting back on classes?

A: Funding for the Library Building Project comes from a lease revenue bond, which was approved by the Governor and Legislature in 2002. The University’s budget does not support this Project. For more answers about the budget and what you can to do help, visit Budget Central.

Q: How will faculty and students use services during construction?

A: Library Annex I and II by the Parking Lot

A: Library @ HSS

Q: I like studying and meeting my friends in the Library -- where can I do that during the library construction project?

A:There will be study areas available throughout campus.

Library Annex I is about the size of a football field and almost half of it is setup as study space. There is also a small study space in HSS 107, and new study pods in the lobby of each floor of the Humanities building. For a complete list of study spaces, see the SF State New Library Page.

Q: Will the Library still provide computer workstations for students to use?

A: Over 160 computer workstations are located at the Information Commons in the Annex I; 60 laptops can be checked out from HSS 127; and a small number of computers are also available in HSS 107.

Q: I've come to the Library for library instruction sessions in the past -- where will they be taught during the Library construction project?

A:Librarians will teach these sessions in a variety of spaces on campus

including: department/college computer labs, the DoIT Training lab in ADM 103, the new ECL (all University electronic class lab, formerly in Library 433 and 428) located in BURK 210, the Collaboratory in BURK 229, or in the classroom if it's equipped with projection unit. Other locations are still being considered. Your instructor will inform you of the location before the session.

Q: Where can I get help with my research projects?

A:Research advice is provided in Library Annex I.

There is also an Information/Research Advice desk in HSS 107. And, all forms of electronic reference service will continue -- from the library home page, click "Research Help."

Q: Will librarians still be available for consultations?

A: Yes

In addition to being at the Research Advice desks in Annex I and HSS, we welcome you to e-mail or telephone library faculty or staff to set up an appointment for individual consultations.

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