Library Annex I is OPEN!

November 7th, 2008

Map to Library Annex I

Map to Library Annex I

Students needing a place to study or a computer to use will find those and other library services available at the new Library Annex I. Library Annex I (also known as “The Big Bubble”) is open 24 hours and located northwest of the Parking Garage and near the intersection of North State Drive, Lake Merced Blvd., and Winston Drive. The airplane hangar-like, football field-sized building will serve as a temporary library during the library remodeling and renovation project.

Students will find 174 fully-equipped computers with printing at Annex I in the new Information Commons area which is replacing both the Library’s Media Access Center computer lab and the John F. True 24-hour computer lab. Study space for 350+ students, periodicals, and services such as research assistance, color printing, and video editing will also be available in Library Annex I.

Current OneCard Required
for Night Library Annex I Access
ID checks will begin at:
9PM Monday – Thursday
5PM Friday
6PM Saturday & Sunday

Annex I

Annex I

Annex I Computers

Annex I Computers

Annex I Study Space

Annex I Study Space

Entry Filed under: Library Building Project,News

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deborah  |  November 13th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Do visitors still have access to electronic collections and periodicals based on the same policies established for the main library?

    The access policies for the electronic collections will remain the same during the building project.

  • 2. Al  |  December 3rd, 2008 at 3:04 am

    it looks cold. does it have a heating system?
    Yes, there is heat. It’s quite comfortable.

  • 3. Xavier  |  December 3rd, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    The Annex I is OPEN!!!
    Is this something I should feel excited about?
    Each semester it seems I pay more and more money in tuition and In return I get to study in a Ballon that accomadates 350+ students, where is the rest of the 20,000+ students going to study at?

    This is not good.

  • 4. enna  |  December 8th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    is there plugs for laptop users? is food allowed inside?

    Yes, there are a lot of plugs for laptop users in the study area. Wireless too. Snacks and beverages are allowed in the study area, but not at the computers.

  • 5. wl  |  December 13th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    are restrooms available, since some students will be using the new library for half of the day?

    There are restrooms in Library Annex 1.

  • 6. Ira  |  December 13th, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Do they have a pay station to reload my SFSU ID?

  • 7. Erica  |  December 14th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    While the comment above says that it is heated, the building is still so big that it’s hard to actually make it warm. I was really chilly in there. If you are a person that gets cold easily, bring a jacket, a scarf, and maybe some gloves.

    We are working with the contractor to resolve the heating issues in Library Annex 1. Thanks for letting us know that it is still a problem!

  • 8. Alice  |  December 15th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Hi I was in the Annex over the weekend. Is there no janitorial service cuz it was absolutely disgusting in there. Trash cans overflowing, no TP in the restrooms, etc. And the grossness in the bathroom was quite unpleasant.

    We know this is a huge problem and have requested that more janitorial service be provided on the weekends.

  • 9. May  |  December 16th, 2008 at 9:34 am

    What are your holiday hours? When will you close, and when will you reopen in January?
    Thank you

    We’re working on the January hours now, they will be posted soon. From Dec 22 to the 23rd Library Annex 1 will be open 8am – 5pm On the 24th it will close at 12 noon. Library Annex 1 will reopen Friday January 2nd at 8am. Once again the Winter Session hours will be posted shortly.

  • 10. LIBRARY BUILDING CLOSURE &hellip  |  December 16th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    [...] by now you’ve become aware of the Library Construction project.  The library is doing our best to communicate what is happening, but many of you are feeling [...]

  • 11. Minta  |  December 18th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    What are the hours during finals week?
    Annex 1 is open 24 hours until Wednesday December 24th, when it closes at noon.

  • 12. P.B.  |  December 19th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    how many alumni use the resources in the library that now, members of the alumni association (the primary advantage as advertised by the alumni association is the access to the library) is suddenly considered a strain so their access to the annex is limited and equal to that of any stranger on the street?

    i would really like to know what percentage of the library resources are being used by alumni (is it greater than three percent?). Is it such a strain to allow them access to the annex beyond the regular hours for the general public; and has there been research and estimates completed as to how many in that average percentage would go out of their way to walk to the annex?

    if the library is going to limit the primary benefit that members of the sfsu alumni association gives to its previous students, then they need to inform their members/alumni of this new change. it is false and unethical to advertise that alumni have access to that which they do not.

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding our access policy for Annex I, and Library access for members of the Alumni Association. The hours of access for alumni and others not currently affiliated with SF State are almost the same as the former Library building hours. We begin checking for current SF State ID’s during evening and weekend hours, the same times that we formerly had only the John F. True Computer Lab (which was limited to current SF State students at all times) and the quiet study area (which had priority access for current students) open for extended hours/24 hours during the regular semesters. In the few weeks Library Annex I has been open, we have had almost full capacity of current students during evening and weekend hours. For the duration of the fall semester, we are keeping our access policy to check for ID cards of currently affiliated San Francisco State University students, faculty and staff after designated hours. However, we will assess this policy as we go forward, and will certainly consider extending after hours access to alumni if we can do so without disadvantaging current students. In the meantime, members of the Alumni Association retain all the Library access privileges they have had in the past, including borrowing privileges and the ability to request books from the closed Library building.

    Information about Library Access during the Library expansion and renovation project is available on the Alumni Association Membership Benefits web page ( and on the New Library web site:

  • 13. Thanh Vinh  |  June 17th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Please clarify the response on the last post:

    Does this mean that alumni HAVE TO LEAVE BY 9PM on any given night because we are NOT CURRENT SFSU STUDENTS?

    That’s right. Alumni need to leave Annex I at 9pm, unless they have joined Friends of the Library.

  • 14. Albert Filice  |  May 13th, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I think that the Annex is a great place while our money goes towards a better library. Don’t look at simply the short term and only what you will get to appreciate but look at what the library is going to be able to offer people in the future.

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