Extended Laptop Checkout


Students enrolled for Spring 2023 courses can request a loaner laptop for the Spring 2023 session by submitting the student library laptop request form.

Faculty can request a loaner laptop to support their remote instruction needs by submitting the faculty laptop request form.


If you are a student enrolled for the Spring 2023 semester and need a laptop to support your remote learning, you can submit the request form above for a Library Extended Laptop. After submitting the form, Library staff will review your request, and contact you to complete the checkout process. Once the checkout process is complete, the library will arrange to have the laptop shipped to your home, or schedule a time to pick up the laptop at the library. Laptops are available on a first come, first served basis; however, due to limited supply, if you already have access to a laptop or desktop computer, we request that you not fill out this request form, in order to provide more access for other students without access to a laptop or desktop computer.


While this is a free service, you are financially responsible if a laptop is damaged, lost or stolen. You will also be charged late fees if you return a laptop late. Please read the Laptop Checkout Agreement for more details.

Late Fees / Replacement Costs

$15.00 per day (or any fraction of a day) the laptop is not returned after the day it is due.

$5.00 per day (or any fraction of a day) the power adapter is not returned after the day it is due.

Damaged, lost, non-returned or stolen power adapter will be assessed a replacement cost of up to $100.00

Damaged, lost, non-returned or stolen laptops will be assessed a replacement cost of up to $2,000.00


You must read and sign the Laptop checkout agreement before borrowing a laptop.


If you owe $50 or more on your Library account then you won't be able to borrow a laptop or any other equipment from the Library. Your account may also be blocked if you have violated the terms of the Laptop Checkout agreement. 

How to Sign Laptop Checkout User Agreement electronically

How to Pack Laptop for Return

Laptop Packing Video Guide


Research Commons

Pre-Installed Mac and Windows Software

Abobe Bridge Windows, Mac Centralize your creative assets.
Adobe Acrobat DC Windows, Mac Create, edit, and sign PDF documents and forms
Adobe Audition Mac, Windows Adobe Audition is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows, audio finishing, and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.
Adobe Dreamweaver Mac, Windows Adobe Dreamweaver CC is a web design and an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) application that is used to develop and design websites that supports HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and more.
Adobe Illustrator Windows, Mac Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard design app that lets you capture your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work across desktop and mobile devices and quickly create beautiful designs that can go anywhere—print, web and apps, video and animations, and more.
Adobe InCopy Mac, Windows Adobe InCopy lets copywriters and editors style text, track changes, and make simple layout modifications to a document while designers work on the same document simultaneously in Adobe InDesign — all without overwriting each other’s contributions.
Adobe InDesign Windows, Mac Adobe InDesign is the industry-leading layout and page design software for print and digital media. InDesign has everything you need to create and publish books, digital magazines, eBooks, posters, interactive PDFs, and more.
Adobe Media Encoder Mac, Windows Adobe Media Encoder functions as an encoding engine for Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Character Animator, and Adobe Prelude. You can also use Adobe Media Encoder as a stand-alone encoder.
Adobe Muse Mac Adobe Muse is an offline website builder used to create and publish professional websites that look great on desktop and mobile browsers, using a free-form canvas and layout tools, without writing any code.
Adobe Photoshop Mac, Windows Adobe Photoshop is a software application for photo editing, image manipulation, and retouching for numerous image and video file formats.
Citrix Receiver Mac, Windows Connecting users to XenDesktop and XenApp desktops and applications. Citrix Receiver can be use to connect to Acedemic Technology's Labspace which provides students and faculty anytime, anywhere access to software applications. Popular titles such as SPSS, SAS, Mathematica, MATLAB, ArcGIS, and Microsoft Office are available. Learn more about LabSpace at https://at.sfsu.edu/labspace
Dragon Naturally Speaking Windows Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech recognition software package. (NOT AVAILABLE IN ALL PC. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION)
Firefox Mac, Windows Web browser.
Google Chrome Mac, Windows Web browser.
iMovie Mac Let's you organize all your clips, turn them into your favorite films, or trailers, and then watch them anywhere with iMovie theater.
JAWS Windows JAWS is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. (NOT AVAILABLE IN ALL PC. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION)
Kurzwweil 3000 Windows Kurzweil 3000 is an educational technology, or assistive technology, which provides a reading, writing and study platform. (NOT AVAILABLE IN ALL PC. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION)
Matlab 2020a Mac, Windows MATLAB is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language developed by MathWorks. MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages. (REQUIRED VPN TO CAMPUS LICENSE SERVER)
Microsoft Office Windows, Mac Microsoft office applications suite included Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Microsoft Access is not included in Mac and only available for PC.
R Windows, Mac R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis.
R Studio Windows, Mac RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R. It includes a console, syntax-highlighting editor that supports direct code execution, as well as tools for plotting, history, debugging and workspace management.
Safari Mac Web browser.
SAP2000 Windows, Mac SAP2000 is general-purpose civil-engineering software ideal for the analysis and design of any type of structural system. Basic and advanced systems, ranging from 2D to 3D, of simple geometry to complex, may be modeled, analyzed, designed, and optimized using a practical and intuitive object-based modeling environment that simplifies and streamlines the engineering process. (REQUIRED VPN TO CAMPUS LICENSE SERVER)
SF State's GlobalProtect VPN Mac, Windows SF State provides a secure VPN for faculty and staff to access protected on-campus resources. It enables campus users to send and receive data across a public network as if their device is directly connected to the campus network, and adds two factor authentication for high security services.
SPSS Mac, Windows The IBM SPSS software platform offers advanced statistical analysis, a vast library of machine learning algorithms, text analysis, open source extensibility, integration with big data and seamless deployment into applications.
Terminal (macOS) Mac Terminal (Terminal.app) is the terminal emulator included in the macOS operating system by Apple.
Xcode Mac Xcode is an integrated development environment for macOS containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple for developing software for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS.
Zoom Windows, Mac Zoom is SF State's video and web conferencing service. All faculty, staff and students have the ability to create and join Zoom meetings. Zoom is available on any device with an Internet connection, including Mac, Windows, Linux and mobile devices. Zoom meetings can accommodate up to 300 people per meeting at a time.
ZoomText Windows ZoomText is a screen magnifier for Microsoft Windows. (NOT AVAILABLE IN ALL PC. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION)