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.

Books & Masters Theses

Borrowing information for Books and Masters Theses
Material Type Students Faculty FOL, Alum, etc. Request Using Pick Up Location
Main Collection Books 28 Days Semester 28 Days
(20 max)
Library Catalog Some titles on 3rd Floor and 4th Floor. Request other titles from the LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
Theses 28 Days Semester 28 Days
(20 max)
Library Catalog Theses Search Browse on 4th Floor. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
LINK+ Books 21 Days 21 Days N/A Link+ 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
ILLiad Books Usually
28 days
Usually
28 days
N/A ILLiad 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
* Friends of the Library, Alumni Association members and other affiliated users must have a special borrowers barcode.

Notes

  • Students working on a thesis or on an incomplete may borrow items from the circulating collections after completing a Library Registration Form, available at the 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk. Thesis students will need their advisor's signature or have thesis advisor e-mail authorization to use the Library to Circulation Services at circmail@sfsu.edu. Students working on an incomplete need the signature of their instructor. For more info, contact Circulation Services.
  • You can only check out items for yourself. You cannot check out items for others, nor can they check out items for you.
  • The 28 day borrowing period does not apply to books borrowed from Link+ 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. Request Using Pick Up Location
Print 2, 24 or 48-hrs N/A

Get instructor's name & course number from Library Catalog Course/Instructor Search.
Provide to staff at 1st Floor - Book Checkout Desk.

1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Des
Media 4 hours N/A Library Catalog 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. Request Using Pick Up Location
Current 2 Days
(5 max)
2 Days
(5 max)
2 Days Library Catalog Journals Search Browse on 3rd Floor stacks. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
Bound 28 Days
(5 max)
28 Days
(5 max)
28 Days Library Catalog Journals Search Request from LRS. Checkout on 1st Floor - Book Checkout & Pickup Desk
Microfiche & Microfilm 7 Days 7 Days 7 Days Library Catalog Journals Search 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. Request Using Pick Up Location
Reference 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours Library Catalog 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. Request Using Pick Up Location Viewing & Listening
DVDs 4 hours 7 days 4 hours Library Catalog Film & Video Search Media & Classroom Support, Ground Floor Media Viewing / Group Study, 2nd Floor.
Videotapes 4 hours 7 days N/A Library Catalog Film & Video Search Media & Classroom Support, Ground Floor Media Viewing / Group Study, 2nd Floor.
Laser Discs 4 hours 7 days N/A Library Catalog Film & Video Search Media & Classroom Support, Ground Floor Ask at Desk, Ground Floor.
Films (16 mm) 4 hours 7 days N/A Library Catalog Film & Video Search Book Checkout & Pickup Desk Ask at Desk, 1st Floor.
Compact Discs 7 days 14 days 7 days Library Catalog Music & Scores Search Media & Classroom Support, Ground Floor Media Listening, 1st Floor.
Phono Records 7 days Semester 7 days Library Catalog Music & Scores Search Book Checkout & Pickup Desk, 1st Floor Media Listening, 1st Floor.
Audio Tapes 7 days 14 days N/A Library Catalog Music & Scores Search Book Checkout & Pickup Desk, 1st Floor Media Listening, 1st Floor.
CD ROMs 28 days Semester 28 days Library Catalog 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. Request Using Pick Up Location
Music Parts 4 weeks Semester 4 weeks Library Catalog Music & Scores Search 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 Library Catalog Music & Scores Search 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. Request Using Pick Up Location
Government Publications 28 days / Some exceptions 28 days / Some exceptions 28 days / Some exceptions Library Catalog 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.