The Library Building currently has restricted access. No digital or analog media can be cablecast until regular building access resumes. For more information, please contact Academic Technology at

Cablecasting is a service managed by Academic Technology that allows a movie "shown" from the Media and Classroom Support office to be "viewed" in another location in the Library or elsewhere on campus, usually a classroom. Currently, Library 40E, one of the group study rooms in Study Commons, is the one location in the Library that supports cablecasting.

Media of any format can be cablecast, including: DVD, VHS and 16mm film. 


To view a film via cablecast in the Library:

  • Make sure the film you want to view is available. Search OneSearch – Books & Media (SF State). It may be necessary to use Refine my results under Format to select Audio Visual
  • Reserve room 40E (Study Commons group study room). Reserve a Room
  • Arrange with Media & Classroom Support in Lib. 85 to show the film at the time you have reserved the room (
  • Just before the time you set to view movie, get channel number from Media & Classroom Support in Lib. 85. Ground Floor Map
  • In the room where you will view the film:
    • Turn on TV
    • Use remote to select the channel
    • If the channel is a digital channel like 43.1, enter the nearest channel on the remote, then use the up / down channel selector to get to the exact channel 

For more information, contact Academic Technology.