Library Building Project Underway

May 16th, 2008

new library• A major expansion and renovation of the J. Paul Leonard Library building is underway.

• Leonard Library building services will continue but will be relocated to other on-campus locations Summer/ Fall 2008. The Library building will close Fall 2008.

• Study space and computer access will be available in the new Library Annex 1 building, near the parking structure, Fall 2008.

• The Library website, online catalog, databases and journals will be unaffected.

• Books and media will be available by online request for pickup within 24 hours at a circulation desk in the HSS building.

• The new state-of-the-art library building will open Fall 2011.

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  • 1. Steven West  |  May 19th, 2008 at 6:31 am

    ah, the newest in well thought out plans… shut the university library for 3 years… brilliant.

    “Books and media will be available by online request for pickup within 24 hours at a circulation desk in the HSS building.” lol

    which as i remember is condemned

  • 2. Chris V  |  May 19th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    How amazing! The new library will boost the research capacity of SFSU, too bad there wont be enough classes offered to fill that new space. What a waste of money, the money ought to be allocated to save the carriculum and teachers, not to metion staying the fee hikes. But, who would have guessed otherwise, the only thing Corriegan gives a s*** about is his d*** image…and not the students, shame on him, he is a coward.

  • 3. SFSU Student  |  May 19th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    About time they get the ball rolling… the current library stinks! The campus library should serve as the conerstone of whole university. A place where students can do research and study efficiently, something that almost impossible right now in its current state. I think its amazing that the university and the library officials have dragged their feet this long, they should be ashamed.

  • 4. Ramzy Ayyad  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Make sure there are Plenty of computer and QUIET study areas. and this probably sounds crazy (or dumb) but I believe the libraries of the future will only be computer sand study spaces and with little to no books at all I hope this library was designed this way

  • 5. lulu  |  May 22nd, 2008 at 11:15 am

    a library with only computers and no books? that’s called a computer lab.

  • 6. Haroon  |  May 23rd, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    It’s noted that library services will be allocated to other on-campus locations – does this apply to the Media Access Center, also? If so, will Academic Technology still broadcast as usual?l

    Yes, the cable-cast component of Academic Technology will broadcast as usual out of their temporary location in Burk Hall. Students will be able to view media broadcast by AT in HSS 127, the temporary home of Media Access Center.

  • 7. Nima  |  May 25th, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Congratulations to everyone who will enjoy the new library! I had a great year-and-a-half at SFSU, and to the students who complain above, I just want to remind you that we live in a great (not perfect) country. I thought our tuition was low, despite the fee increases, and found the school extremely nurturing. I look forward to visiting when is new library is complete.

  • 8. Jeff deRhodes  |  May 27th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Ensure that there are plenty of breakout rooms. Whenever I went to the library, all of those small rooms were quickly filled up, especially near the end of the semester. I had to host team meetings at my home because of this. Not ideal.

    There will be a big increase in the number of collaborative workrooms in the new building, from a woefully inadequate 4, to a respectable 18.

    If you could convert all of those books into eBooks that will be soooooooooo much better. The distance some people have to commute to school makes it hard when they just want to access a few resources in the library. People need information, not physical books. And gas isn’t getting any cheaper. Thank GOODNESS for the existing electronic databases – well worth the money !!

    We currently have almost 10,000 e-books and will continue to increase that number over the next three years and after the new building opens. The best way to increase the number of e-books in the Library, however, is to use the ones we have. A increase in usage, will quickly lead to an increase of e-book titles.

  • 9. library  |  May 30th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    the new library is call the new state of the art??

    then what will happen to the name J. Paul Leonard Library?

    i will miss this libraryyyyyy…. its been with me for 4 years….

    esp 1st floor……!!!!

  • 10. Rebecca  |  June 9th, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Um…my degree is in literature and I like to find a location number for a particular author and then spend a while browsing the section in the library. I do not locate a specific text from a list on a computer – I have to physically stand amongst them all and pick them out and look at them – a list on a computer screen doesn’t tell you much – I need to look at the index of books to find out if that is the one I need to take out – how am I supposed to do that for my entire degree if the library is shut? Is there another library I can use – another University library in town or can we use Berkeley’s?? Can you set up something with them so we can use a library to do our degrees? WHY WAS THIS NOT ADVERTISED?? I WOULD NOT HAVE COME TO YOUR SCHOOL FOR MY MA DEGREE!!!!!

  • 11. Henry Villarreal  |  June 11th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    I would like to see a level build into the top of floor even if you have to add one $$$$! like the de young building where you can see out to view the great city and surrounding areas beach, daly city , SF. neighborhood! bring it on Dr. K. Pres. of SFSU plus a cafe /loug. if you know what I mean.! HAV

  • 12. Rebecca  |  June 19th, 2008 at 8:50 am

    I kind of freaked out – I mean the library really is my laboratory being a literature major, but I found out that there are tons of libraries CSU students can use – some you have to purchase a library card for, but county libraries are free. I’m glad I chose to come to SFSU during the library closure because it forces me to find other libraries in the surrounding area. . .

  • 13. QM  |  June 29th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Very upsetting. I came to state expecting to spend most of my time in the library

  • 14. WTFY  |  July 1st, 2008 at 12:07 pm


  • 15. matthew  |  July 3rd, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Agreed with all. They cut our classes and waste money on this. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

  • 16. Bibliophile  |  July 18th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Rebecca, I agree! The search in the bookshelves that reveals the hidden treasure-text is serendipitous, an essential part of the research process a library provides. Also, regarding this online ordering procedure, without actually holding a book and examining its contents, one cannot tell if it is helpful to one’s studies. Never judge a book by its title, either. Commuting to other libraries is not an option for many students. In short, this is a catastrophe.

  • 17. elizabeth  |  August 3rd, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Wow, I am totally freaked out by the reality that I am not going to be able to browse the stacks and pick which books I need. Like Rebecca’s comments said , looking at a books’ description online does not tell you enough about a book see if it is sufficient…and then to order it online and wait 24 hours for it! There has got to be a better way. Really, this is an extreme hardship.

    Also as stated, this is a commuter college with many working adult students who use public transportation to get back and forth which means lugging around many, many heavy books around on trains, buses, bicycles etc… This experience is already backbreaking enough without having to take home a stack of books that maybe no good and then having to do it all over again 24 hours later while trying to fit in classes, research, papers, and work…not to mention the occasional dinner with friends and family. It is too much to ask of us and especially to drop this on us without warning while we are suffering the added stress of not being able to complete our degrees in a timely manner because of fewer and fewer classes.

    University and library officials really need to rethink this setup even if it means providing temporary buildings in the middle of the greens to house the books.

    I will attend my final semester at SFSU this fall and if the library experience is as horrifying as it sounds like it will be, then i will definitely be withdrawing my plans to attend graduate school there.

    Good luck with the library project, we really do need a better building and specifically more quiet study spaces and quiet computer labs. My experience with going to the library 4 days a week has been very frustrating and often unproductive since many of the younger students (including the ones who work in the computer labs) do not understand that laughing, talking loudly, and using cell phones in libraries is completely inconsiderate. Why should they think different when the library staff does nothing about it when asked to intervene?
    I hope the new library has an enforced no cell phone policy throughout the building.

  • 18. SFSU Student  |  August 5th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Where will graduate students find thesis binding services? The fall semester is upon us!

  • 19. Angela  |  August 11th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I understand that the plans to fix the library at SFSU are important for the future success of the university and its students, but I do not appreciate going for my M.A. at a university that will not have an official library. For me, being surrounded by books is a major inspiration to continue my studies. Although I’m excited to attend SFSU, I am not nearly as excited to attend as I was when I thought that the campus would AT LEAST have a library! I am extremely dissapointed in this revelation (which I BARELY found out about at the Graduate Orientation!!!!). I can only hope that this major inconvinience will not affect my studies, my library research practice, and especially my experience as a graduate student!

  • 20. Grad Student  |  August 15th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Like most university improvements, the students who pay for the improvements (current students) rarely are the students (future students) who get to actually enjoy the improvements. One would like to think this is a continuous process where every incoming class would benefit from the previous classes finacial support for the university. However in the case of the current student and new incoming students at SFSU this isnt the case, not only are we not benefitting from any finacial support from previous classes (dilapidated buildings, fee increases, and run down facilities like the library) now we are being asked to sacrifice the intellectual hub of any students life, the library.

    P.S. Having read all of the previous blog posts, watch out for those post’s which are possibly made by people who work (offically or unoffically) for the university and are trying to counter any negative feelings regarding the building of the new library. Despite what they say, building the new library putting a huge burden, finacially and academically, on current and new students.

  • 21. Scott Helnes  |  August 18th, 2008 at 10:40 am

    This new library will be a great addition to an already beautiful campus. This will sure help attract attention from future students. I love this thing!

  • 22. Travis Wray  |  August 21st, 2008 at 8:09 am

    I have a feeling that this new “annex” by the parking garage where we are supposed to study now is going to be ridiculously overcrowded and difficult to actually study at.

  • 23. Anonymous  |  August 25th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    It will be a hassle, although there are plenty of libraries nearby, like the one across from Stonestown, a short hop on the metro to the West Portal library and main, and even CCSF’s library.

    From what I’ve heard about study spaces during this construction term, college buildings are making areas available for study. It should also be noted that there are some underutilized computer labs out there that can be the perfect place to handle your computing needs without the pressure of places like the MAC lab. So really, you don’t have to use the annex if it is too inconvenient.

    Still, I’m confused about the thesis binding services. Where is that going to be? Rapid Copy is shutting down, but how am I going to get my thesis done? (Pleeeese, don’t send it to the annex near the garage, turning in your thesis at admin and going all the way to the other extreme of campus is nuts!)

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