Off-campus Access to Electronic Resources

The Library's subscription databases and e-books can be accessed from off-campus at home or work if you are a student, staff or faculty member at SF State. OneSearch can be used from anywhere, but sign in is required for many features and services. Due to licensing restrictions, off-campus access is not available for the public, SF State Alumni, Friends of the Library, or students who are not currently enrolled.

Graduate Thesis Students and students finishing incompletes and not enrolled no longer request access to online resources from the Library. Access for thesis students and students with incompletes are now arranged with the University through the student's academic department or program. For more information, please contact your advisor.


Using databases while off-campus is simple: just click on the link as you would while on campus. A screen will appear asking for your SF State ID and password. Fill in the form and submit it. You should be taken to the next screen to start searching, or reading your e-book. Some features of e-books, like downloading, might require community members to download software or sign up to a service. There is never a charge for these enhancements. Never pay for articles, and if you encounter paywalls, please get help at the link below.

You probably need to sign in to the campus system only for the first resource you use during a session; the next database will come up without a login screen, because your browser will have a cookie. Your browser's default preference is probably to accept cookies, so you may not need to change any settings.

Getting Help

For help with any of our resources, please Ask a Librarian.

Reporting Problems

If you are having problems connecting to the Library's electronic resources from off-campus, or they don't seem to be working correctly, please contact us by email, at, or click the Having trouble? links in OneSearch. Problems with your computer or internet connection generally should be addressed to Information Technology Services, which is accessed by emailing