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Workstation Sign-On FAQs for Guest Users


The Library Computer Sign-On system provides access to Library computers. The system monitors the length of time available per user, per day, thus ensuring greater equitable access to the computers. While Library computers are primarily for student, faculty, staff and SF State affiliates, Guest Workstations are available.

Q: I don't go to SF State, can I use your computers?

A: If you are not affiliated with SF State, you may use computers designated as Guest Workstations in the Research Commons.

Q: What do I need to sign on?

A: Guest users must first register for a Guest Card with ID numbers at the Book Checkout & Pickup Counter. Guest users must present a valid state photo ID or a passport in order to obtain the card. Guest users will look for "Guest Workstations" near the desk in the Research Commons.

Q: How long is my Guest Card valid?

A: The Guest Card is valid for one year from the date that you register.

Q: Which workstations are available for guest use?

A: There are 6 computers designated for Guest use in the Research Commons of the Library.

Q: How much time will I have to access the Internet?

A: Guest users are allotted 120 minutes per day.

Q: If I only use part of my time in one sitting, can I come back later that day?

A: Yes, you can come back later that day to use the rest of your time. As long as you sign out when you are done with a session, you retain the remaining amount of your allotted time.

Q: If I forget to sign off when I am finished, what happens?

A: Unfortunately, your time will continue to diminish until you are signed off or reach your daily time limit.

Q: Can I reserve a machine for a specific time?

A: At this time, we do not accept reservations for workstations.

For further information, please inquire at the Research Assistance (Reference) Desk near the Book Pickup & Checkout counter on the 1st Floor.

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