Services @ the Downtown Campus

With the arrival of the new OneSearch, this page requires updates, which are coming very soon.

Welcome!  Services are available to SF State students attending classes at the Downtown Campus.

Access authorization: Create a Library PIN and Register for ILLiad

While you no longer need a Library Account (PIN) for off-campus access to Library databases and other electronic resources, a PIN still allows you to renew checked-out items online, and to request books through libraries participating in Link+.

Register for an ILLiad account in order to request items from the J. Paul Leonard Library, as well as other libraries, via Interlibrary Services. When registering: MBA Students – select Business-MBA as your department; MPA Students – select MPA Downtown as your Department.

To change the department on an existing ILLiad account, click “Change User Information” located under Tools on the main ILLiad page.

Electronic Databases

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to full-text articles, article citations and abstracts, statistics, and company and industry information. Select databases by title (ABI/Inform, Business Source Complete, etc.) or by subject (Business Research, Public Administration Research, etc.).  Check the Research Guides or contact your subject librarian for advice about the best databases to use for your research.

Electronic Journals

Use the Electronic Journals List and the Library Catalog to locate electronic journals.

Locate Library Collections: The Library Catalog

Search the Library Catalog to locate items in the Library’s collections, including books, journals, electronic journals, and government publications. 

Requesting Articles and Books

Interlibrary Services delivers articles and books to you, usually within a few days of your request. Article copies will be made available in .pdf whenever possible. Pick-up and return borrowed books to the 5th floor College of Business reception desk or MPA office.

  • For articles:  use the ILLiad “Request an Article Copy” form to order articles that are not available electronically from any of our databases.
  • For J. Paul Leonard Library (JPLL) books:  use the ILLiad “Borrow an Item” request form. Books will be delivered by courier to the DTC for pick-up at either the 5th floor College of Business reception desk or MPA office. 
  • For books not available from JPLL:  Click the Search Link+ icon located at the top of the Library Catalog search results screen. If the book is available from a Link+ library, “request the item” and select Downtown Campus (MBA/MPA students only) as the pick-up location.  For other books, use the ILLiad “Borrow an Item” request form.

Help and Advice: Library Subject Liaisons

Contact a Librarian via IM, e-mail, or by sending a message to your department’s library subject liaison.

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