Borrowing Materials

Most of the items in the Library collections, with the exception of Special Collections and Archives materials, can be checked out by students, staff and faculty. Valid SF State ID required. Community users and other patrons may be able to borrow items if they qualify for a Special Borrowers Card or by joining Friends of the Library. Use OneSearch, at the top of every Library page, to discover materials.

Books & Masters Theses

Borrowing information for Books and Masters Theses
Material Type Students Faculty FOL, Alum, etc. Pick Up Location
Main Collection Books 120 Days Semester 30 Days
(20 max)
Some titles on 3rd Floor and 4th Floor. Request other titles from the LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
Theses 120 Days Semester 30 Days
(20 max)
Browse on 4th Floor. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
CSU+ Books 60 Days 60 Days N/A 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
ILLiad Books Usually
28 days
Usually
28 days
N/A 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
* Friends of the Library, Alumni Association members and other affiliated users must have a special borrowers barcode.

Notes

  • Graduate Thesis Students and students finishing incompletes no longer request access from the Library. Access for thesis students and students with incompletes are now arranged with the University through the student's academic department or program. For more information, please see your advisor.
  • You can only check out items for yourself. You cannot check out items for others, nor can they check out items for you.
  • The 120 day borrowing period does not apply to books borrowed from CSU+ or via other Interlibrary Services.

Course Reserve Materials

Students may borrow articles and books put on course reserves from the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk. Items are also returned to this location.

Borrowing information for Reserve Materials
Format Students FOL, Alum, etc. Discover Using Pick Up Location
Print 2, 24 or 48-hrs N/A

OneSearch Course Reserves; Search for Class or Instructor,

Find Call Number or Barcode,

Provide to staff at 1st Floor - Book Checkout Desk.

1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Des
Media 4 hours N/A

OneSearch Course Reserves; Search for Class or Instructor,

Find Call Number or Barcode,

Provide to staff at 1st Floor - Book Checkout Desk.

1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
Electronic Online in iLearn N/A Sign-in to course in iLearn N/A
* Friends of the Library, Alumni Association members and other affiliated users must have a special borrowers barcode.

Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, Newspapers etc. )

Borrowing information for Periodicals
Format Students Faculty * FOL, Alum, etc. Pick Up Location
Current 7 Days 7 Days 7 Days Browse on 3rd Floor stacks. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
Bound 120 Days 1 year 30 Days Request from LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
Microfiche & Microfilm 7 Days 7 Days 7 Days Some titles and viewers on 3rd Floor. Request other titles from the LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
* Friends of the Library, Alumni Association members and other affiliated users must have a special borrowers barcode.

Reference Items

Borrowing information for Reference Items
Material type Students Faculty * FOL, Alum, etc. Pick Up Location
Reference 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours Some titles on 3rd Floor and 4th Floor. Request other titles from the LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
* Friends of the Library, Alumni Association members and other affiliated users must have a special borrowers barcode.

DVDs, CDs, LPs, etc.

Borrowing information for DVDs etc.
Format Students Faculty * FOL, Alum, etc. Pick Up Location Viewing & Listening
DVDs 4 hours 7 days 4 hours Media & Classroom Support, Ground Floor Media Viewing / Group Study, 2nd Floor.
Videotapes 4 hours 7 days N/A Media & Classroom Support, Ground Floor Media Viewing / Group Study, 2nd Floor.
Laser Discs 4 hours 7 days N/A Media & Classroom Support, Ground Floor Ask at Desk, Ground Floor.
Films (16 mm) 4 hours 7 days N/A Book Checkout & Pickup Desk Ask at Desk, 1st Floor.
Compact Discs 7 days 14 days 7 days Media & Classroom Support, Ground Floor Media Listening, 1st Floor.
Phono Records 7 days Semester 7 days Book Checkout & Pickup Desk, 1st Floor Media Listening, 1st Floor.
Audio Tapes 7 days 14 days N/A Book Checkout & Pickup Desk, 1st Floor Media Listening, 1st Floor.
CD ROMs 28 days Semester 28 days Check Pickup Location in Library Catalog. Any computer with DVD drive.
* Friends of the Library, Alumni Association members and other affiliated users must have a special borrowers barcode.

Printed Music

Borrowing information for Printed Music.
Material type Students Faculty * FOL, Alum, etc. Pick Up Location
Music Parts 4 weeks Semester 4 weeks Some titles and viewers on 3rd Floor. Request other titles from the LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
Reference Scores M1-M3 (Monuments) 4 weeks Semester 4 weeks Some titles on 3rd Floor. Request other titles from the LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
* Friends of the Library, Alumni Association members and other affiliated users must have a special borrowers barcode.

Government Information

Borrowing information for Government Information.
Material type Students Faculty * FOL, Alum, etc. Pick Up Location
Government Publications 28 days / Some exceptions 28 days / Some exceptions 28 days / Some exceptions Some titles and viewers on 3rd Floor. Request other titles from the LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
* Friends of the Library, Alumni Association members and other affiliated users must have a special borrowers barcode.