The Library provides a number of different types of laptops for checkout by current SF State students, faculty and staff. Loan periods vary from 4 hours to 30 days.
Short Term Laptops
Approximately 100 Mac and 100 PC laptops with pretty much the same software that is installed on the Research Commons desktop computers. Borrow for up to 4 hours; use anywhere on campus. Installing additional software not allowed. Available at Research Commons help desk on the 1st Floor.
Long Term Laptops
Approximately 75 Mac and 75 PC laptops that can be borrowed for 30 days, used off-campus, and allow users to install their own software. They also come with pretty much the same software that is available on the Research Commons desktop computers. Available at Research Commons help desk on the 1st Floor.
Approximately 10 MacBook Pro laptops setup with 3D modeling and digital media production software. Borrow for up to 4 hours; use anywhere on campus. Installing additional software not allowed. Available at Digital Media Studio help desk on the 2nd Floor.
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Laptops
Friends of the Library (FOL) Laptops
To borrow a Short Term, Long Term, OLPC or Maker Laptop you must have your current SF State OneCard ID with you. Note that before borrowing a laptop you also must sign the laptop checkout agreement, which, among other things, stipulates that you agree to pay the full replacement value of the laptop if it is lost or stolen. If you have unpaid fines on your Library Account, then you may not be able to check out a laptop. To borrow an FOL laptop, you must be a FOL member at the Sustaining level.
Print to Wi-Fi printers on most floors of the Library. Pay with SF State OneCard or Guest Card. Long Term Laptops allow you to install your own printer software.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the Library. Login with your SF State ID or email address and password. FOL users can use the SFStateGuest network.