Winter Recess Closure

The Leonard Library building
will Close Saturday, December 22 at 6pm
and Reopen Wednesday, January 2 at 8am

Fall hours
Winter hours

Have a nice break!


Add comment December 15th, 2012

The Wellness Zone


Friday, December 14th
10pm – 1:30am
César Chávez Center Student Center

A stress-free late-night environment filled with relaxing & recreational activities.
The perfect break from studying for finals!

Mediation & Relaxation Areas
Belly-Dancing, PiYo & More
Tea Ceremonies & Education
Much More!

SF Student ID Required

Add comment December 12th, 2012

Final Stretch: Extended Hours in Student Center

The Cesar Chavez Student Center will be open to provide an extended home during the last week of classes and final exams period for studying, relaxation, and services. Also keep a lookout for finals week giveaways sponsored by YOUR Information Center! They will be giving away several prizes like Scantrons, Green Books and we will be providing a warm cup of joe to get you through the rough patches every students face during the final stretch.

We will be open 24/7 Monday, December 10 thru Thursday, December 20 with  the exception of a 2-hour break between 6AM – 8AM because as inhuman as our employees may seem, even we need sleep!

Extended hours will begin Monday, December 10th!

The last day we will be open is Friday (12/21) and we close at 10:00pm.


Add comment December 7th, 2012

Thanksgiving Hours

Have a great holiday!

Nov. 19 – 21 Mon. – Wed. Leonard Library Open 8am – 5pm
Nov. 22 – 23 Thu. – Fri. Leonard Library
Sutro Library
Nov. 24 Sat. Leonard Library Closed
Nov. 25 Sun. Research Commons,
Study Commons
Reopen 10am

Library Hours

Add comment November 20th, 2012

Archived Black Panthers Footage Available Online

Nearly seven hours of previously unseen news and documentary footage of the Black Panthers movement are now available online through the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive at SF State.

The 120 clips come from Bay Area television stations as well as documentary films, and offer a glimpse at the social revolutions that took place during the 1960s and 70s and their connection to SF State.

“If you look at the Black Panthers collection, and then you look at our SF State (1968 student-led) strike collection, you’re going to see the same faces,” said Film Archivist Alex Cherian. The Black Panthers campaigned on the campus, he added, because they believed education was key to advancing the cause of civil rights.

New York University student Shira Peltzman, supervised by Cherian, processed the footage over the summer. A $50,000 grant from the California State Library, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences Technology Act, paid for the equipment needed to convert film footage to digital.

For Cherian, the Black Panthers collection offers viewers a deeper connection to events associated with the movement than do other media. A young person may have read about a riot or civil rights march, or has a family member who participated, but does not know what that looked like as it played out in real time, he said.

“If there was a social revolution going on in the 1960s and 1970s, it was happening in the Bay Area, and the TV stations were covering it,” Cherian said. “If you show someone the footage and they can actually hear the people, there’s a very emotional connection.”

Many SF State students are likely unaware of the Black Panthers connection to the University, he said, but will recognize campus landmarks when they watch the footage.

By making the raw footage available, the challenge becomes helping people use and interpret it in a meaningful way. Cherian said he and archive staff are available to help students and faculty utilize the footage in projects to “create an emotional connection to dry facts and history.” A Museum Studies class is already planning to take advantage of the Black Panthers collection for an upcoming exhibition.

The San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive Black Panthers Collection can be viewed here. Use of clips in the archive is free to SF State students, faculty and staff. The archive charges for access to and processing of the footage for commercial purposes, including for members of the media accessing material not owned by their organization. There is no charge for media to access their own footage that has been preserved by the archives.

For more information, contact Cherian at 415-405-5565 or

Jonathan Morales

Add comment November 16th, 2012

African Library Project Book Drive

Learn about African library development and SF State’s book drive for a nursing library in rural Lesotho (Southern Africa).  This presentation (with refreshments!) will describe literacy challenges in Africa, the work of the African Library Project, and the Maluti Nursing School library, where science and nursing books are desperately needed.

Science Books for Lesotho:
African Library Project Book Drive Presentation

4-5pm in room 282 on Thursday November 15th

Add comment November 9th, 2012

Faculty Commons Now Open

SF State faculty members have a new place to meet, confer or mingle.

The Faculty Commons is located on the second floor of the library in room 286 and is open to all faculty and their guests five days a week. The Commons features tables, chairs and couches as well as an art display and large windows overlooking the quad, Student Center and Fine Arts building.

A photo of the SF State Faculty Commons.

The Faculty Commons, on the second floor of the library, features space to meet or relax and overlooks the quad.

The room is available for a variety of gatherings — presentations, brown bags, meetings, receptions, readings, potlucks and mixers — or for faculty to simply be by themselves or with their colleagues. Faculty Affairs, which manages the Commons, is accepting feedback and suggestions for additional uses.

“What’s unique about this space is that it can evolve to meet a range of needs,” said Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge.

The Faculty Commons is open to faculty and their guests from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Faculty may reserve the room for non-private events Mondays through Fridays and bookings should be made 48 hours in advance. Reservations for closed events are only accepted for Fridays and must also be made with 48 hours notice. An online calendar is being developed to let faculty view upcoming events in the Commons.

Food and drink in covered containers are allowed in the room, but there are no electrical appliances such as microwaves. To reserve the Commons, ask a question about the space or make a suggestion for its use, contact Faculty Affairs at

Jonathan Morales

1 comment October 31st, 2012

Occupation! Economic Justice as a Civil Right in San Francisco, 1963-1964


Civil rights demonstrations in San Francisco, 1964, Photo by Phiz Mezey

Civil rights demonstrations in San Francisco, 1964, Photo by Phiz Mezey

Beginning in 1963, massive civil disobedience actions swept through San Francisco. Demonstrations focused on discriminatory hiring practices that excluded African-Americans from employment equal to white workers and shook the city’s liberal image of itself.

Featuring photographs by Phiz Mezey, this collaborative exhibit presents selections from the San Francisco State’s Labor Archives and Research Center, University Archives, and Bay Area Television Archive, as well as the Public Library’s San Francisco History Center.

Occupation! is a unique collaboration between the Library and Museum Studies 730 graduate class on exhibition design, offering an opportunity to highlight Special Collections rare material while Museum Studies graduate students gain real world exhibition experience.

J. Paul Leonard Library
Special Collections Gallery, Room 462
San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
November 1, 2012 – February 15, 2013

Nov 1 to Dec 23:  Mon-Wed 1-5pm and Thu 1-7pm
Jan 2 to Feb 15: Mon-Thu 1-5pm.


Add comment October 31st, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Hours

The Library Building

Will Close: Sunday, September 2
at 12 midnight
Closed: Labor Day, Monday, September 3
Reopens:  Tuesday, September 4 at 8am


Add comment August 31st, 2012

New Study Commons Access Policy

In response to the growing demand for computer access and study space in the Library we have implemented a new access policy for the Study Commons on the ground floor. Starting August 27th, 2012, the Study Commons will be open only to current SF State students, faculty and staff with a valid SF State OneCard ID. Current students, faculty and staff remember to have your SF State OneCard ID card with you at all times when using the Study Commons.

The Study Commons contains approximately 45 iMacs and 45 Windows PCs, extra table space for laptop users, 12 group study rooms and a large quiet study room. During the regular semester it is generally open until 2am. See hours for exceptions.

Other users, including members of Friends of the Library, the Alumni Association and guests can continue to use the Research Commons on the first floor during regular Library hours.

After-hours access to the Research Commons and the 1st floor cafe/lobby areas remain restricted to current SF State Students, faculty and staff with a valid SF State OneCard ID between 12am and 8am.



8 comments August 28th, 2012

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