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The Big Book Move!

The Big Book Move was a significant milestone for the Library building project. Now that it is completed, the contractor can begin the last phase of the project: gutting and renovating the old building.

During Summer 2010, the project staff successfully transferred the entire collection of books, government publications, microforms and audio recordings from the existing Library building into the new west addition.  Working 16 hours a day, 6 days a week, a crew of 70 student assistants, 80 Library faculty and staff, professional movers and project managers transported about 1 million items.   Significant portions of the Library collections remain in storage or at the Sonoma State University Library.  As staffing and space permits, these items will be brought back to campus and re-integrated into the on-campus collections.

The majority of the collections are now housed in the automated Library Retrieval System, which fills the ground, first and second floors of the west addition.  The third and fourth floors of the west addition are filled with shelving; about 20% of the book collection will available on those floors for browsing when the building re-opens in the spring of 2012.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Add comment August 18th, 2010

Big Book Move Set to Begin

West Addition of Library (5/20/10)

Starting May 24th and lasting until August 22nd library staff and faculty assisted by a large crew of students will be working 6 days a week, 16 hours a day to move more than a million books and other items from the old Library into the new west addition.

During the Book Move you’ll need to use the Link+ system to request books. Link+ gives you access to the collections of more than 40 academic and public libraries in California and Nevada. View complete list of Link+ libraries. Books requested using Link+ will be delivered for pick up in HSS 102 in 2-4 business days. Instructions for using Link+

Most of the collections we’re moving over the summer will be loaded into the Library Retrieval System, which fills the ground, first and second floors of the west addition. The rest of the collection will be placed on open stacks on the 3rd and 4th floors.

Scope of the Move

  • One million books to Library Retrieval System (LRS)
  • 300,000 government documents to LRS
  • 2.5 million microform units to LRS
  • 100,000 media items to LRS
  • 200,000 volumes to future open stacks

The Big Book Move is a significant milestone for the Library building project. Once completed, the contractor can begin the last phase of the project: gutting and renovating the old building.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

5 comments May 20th, 2010

The Big Book Move Needs You!

Student Jobs Available

You + hardhat+ book cart = $

• Must be SF State student in summer or fall 2010
• $9.25/ hour
• Work hours available 7:00AM – 11:00PM, Mon. – Sat.
• Work up to 20 hours a week if taking classes
• Work up to 40 hours a week when not taking classes
• Move books in Leonard Library building construction site
• Apply online by Thursday, March 18
SF State MonsterTRAK jobs
• Job #s: 14318 work study, 14319 student assistant

5 comments March 12th, 2010

Books not Retrieved Thanksgiving Week

Request books for next week now.

The Library will not be paging materials during Thanksgiving week when the campus is closed.  Beginning Monday, November 30, items requested during Thanksgiving week  will be filled in the order they were received.

Because there will be a backlog of requests, turn around time may be more than 24 hours.

3 comments November 16th, 2009

Library Retrieval System – Sneak Peak

Picture 2The Library Retrieval System (LRS) component of the Library expansion and renovation project is nearing completion between the old Library and Creative Arts. If you’re curious about what an LRS looks like and how it works, take a look at this video from Long Beach State. It’s a tongue-in-cheek dramatization. A high gloss romance of books, steel and robotics. Watch the Video

An LRS holds 10 times the books per square foot compared to open shelves. To attain this level of efficiency the books are stored in large metal bins stacked 40 feet high and the bins are retrieved by high speed robotic cranes. We’ve been told that once the LRS is fully operational and the new Library building is open requested books should be ready to pick up in about 5 minutes!

2 comments November 4th, 2009

Book Retrieval Delayed due to Storm

Book pick up may be delayed due to storm.

Continue Reading Add comment October 13th, 2009

Library Building Project Resumes

We are very happy to announce that now that the state has passed a budget, the California State University Chancellor’s Office has directed the campus to resume work on the Library expansion and renovation project. The contractor is tentatively scheduled to return to campus on March 2, 2009. It will take some time to re-establish the construction site, but light construction work could start immediately.

Also, a project to relocate collections within the building from the 4th, 5th and 6th floors to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors in order to expedite work on the renovation of the existing building will begin in early March.  The collections that will be moved (Archives & Special Collections, de Bellis Collection circulating books, Government Publications, the Young People’s Collection, and call numbers A-C and U-Z) may be temporarily unavailable during the relocations.  Check the Library’s web site for notices of collections temporarily in transit.

2 comments February 27th, 2009

Rate Library Annex I

If you’ve used Annex 1,  let us know what you think. What can we do to make it a better place to study, use a computer or get assistance with your research? Leave your comments below.


30 comments January 28th, 2009

Library Expansion and Renovation Project Suspended

The CSU has suspended and shut down state-funded design and construction projects on all 23 campuses in response to the state’s freezing of $600 million in general-obligation and lease revenue bonds used to finance these projects. The J. Paul Leonard Library expansion and renovation project is one of these projects and has been suspended.  We anticipate the suspension to last for at least 90 days, but to resume the project in the near future when funding is re-established via a State bond sale.

Library services were relocated during the fall semester 2008 to Library Annex I and HSS.  Library services and access to collections are not affected by the suspension of the Library building project.

7 comments January 23rd, 2009

Lib Services over Winter break

Library Annex I and Library @ HSS rooms will be closed starting Wednesday December 24th at noon until Friday January 2 at 8am.
Winter session hours begin Friday January 2 at 8am and will be in effect through Sunday January 25.

Below is a summary of the most important things you need to know if you’ll be needing to use Library services during this time.

Server Downtime

There will be three scheduled campus power outages between December 24th and December 30th which will result in server downtime.

Server Dates Times
Library Web Server 12/24


12:30pm – 1:30pm

8am Monday – 5pm Tuesday

Library Catalog,

12/29 – 12/30

12:30pm – 1:30pm

8am Monday – 5pm Tuesday

Electronic Reserves (eRes)
12/24 – 1/2 Service resumes Jan. 2 @ 8am


Requesting Books

You may continue to request books during the December 24 – Jan 2 closure. However, books will not be available for pick up until Monday, Jan. 5. Requesting books will resume with the normal 24 hour turnaround on Monday January 5th.

Returning Books

When the Library is closed, books can be returned at the Book Return box outside of the HSS building across from the Administration building. After the Library reopens on January 2nd, books can also be returned to HSS 104.

Add comment December 22nd, 2008

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