Information for Faculty
The Library Building currently has restricted access. For more information on available spaces and services, please see our Library Resources and Services Available in Winter/Spring 2021 guide, or contact the Library using our 24/7 Ask a Librarian service.
Faculty members will be able to reserve one of the six Study Rooms in the 1st floor Research Commons to use as an individual single occupancy teaching space by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations will be available Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and can be made up to six months in advance with no limit to the duration of the reservation within the available time bands or to the number of advance reservations.
Welcome to the J. Paul Leonard Library. We look forward to working with you. If your questions are not answered here, please contact us for assistance.
Once you have your SF State OneCard ID, you may need to come to the Book Pickup & Checkout Desk to get registered. Making sure you are in our system will ensure you can check out and renew books, order books from other libraries via CSU+ and ILLiad, and use many resources remotely. Use your University login to access library databases from off campus. Most new and returning faculty don't need to register, but we may not learn about part-time and special hires immediately, so you may need to visit us at least one time.
Information that may be of special interest to SF State Faculty includes:
Faculty can request a loaner laptop to support their remote instruction needs. Because the University may not be able to fulfill all requests, to ensure the most critical needs among our faculty can be met, you will be asked to clarify why current computer assignments may not be sufficient.
Request a librarian led instruction session tailored to your specific course and research assignment
Course Reserves in the Library
For faculty members who want to put physical or digital materials on reserve for their students, there are several options
Library Support for Courses
Which includes an overview of research guides for students, recommended guidelines for class research assignments, and bringing your students to the Library during your class period for hands-on practice
Teaching Research Toolkit
This toolkit contains activities and resources for faculty to support teaching and scaffolding the research process in their classroom
Subject Librarians – primary contacts to Departments and Programs
Library Research Guides
Basic help for topics, skills, and some courses
Finding Journals and Articles
Basic Research Guide for using Library resources
How many, how long, and other fun facts
CSU+ & ILLiad
Borrowing Items from Other Libraries
Including requesting Books & Media, giving us feedback and reporting problems
- NO LONGER REQUIRED: Basic Information Competence (Library) Requirement / OASIS