Book and eBook Collection

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The Library has a large and dynamic book collection available on the 3rd and 4th Floors and from the Library Retrieval System. Most of our books are print, but we also have a rapidly growing eBook collection.  For more information, please visit the library's Collection Development Policy.


Using the Collection

Newer books and more popular books are located on the 3rd floor and 4th floor. SF State Masters Theses & Dissertations are located on the 3rd floor. Children’s Books are located on the 4th Floor. The Library also has a small collection of rare books, including historical children's books, in Special Collections and Archives. The rest of the book collection is stored onsite in the Library Retrieval System. For the most part our books are organized according to the Library of Congress classification system. 


Library eBook purchases are generally scholarly and in direct support of coursework. Although we don’t usually purchase textbooks, every semester we do create a list of eBooks available through the Library that are also required textbooks. For more information on eBook formats, devices and downloading, read the eBooks Guide.

Contact Information

For subject-specific collection questions, contact a Library Liaison.