Top Ten Things to Do in the Library

Top 10 things to do

Use a Computer

There are computers throughout the 1st Floor Research CommonsGround Floor Study Commons and 2nd Floor Digital Media Studio and room 280. You can also check out a laptop by filling out the laptop request form.


Find Books

Search OneSearch to find books, which are located in three places:

  1. On the 3rd & 4th floors (find books yourself, or request them through OneSearch)
  2. In the Library Retrieval System (LRS), an automated storage and retrieval system (request books through OneSearch)
  3. Online (read books online or download PDF copies of chapters)

For more information on finding books using call numbers and the LRS, see our Shelving Facilities Management page. Books that are requested through OneSearch will be delivered to the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk, where you can check them out.


Sign in to OneSearch

Sign in to OneSearch using your SF State ID and password to check your library account, request and renew items, and conduct research.


Use the Digital Media Studio & MakerSpace

The 2nd Floor Digital Media Studio & MakerSpace computer lab is focused on digital media production. Use Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, and more.


Reserve a Study Room

Reserve a study room in the Ground Floor Study Commons or 1st Floor Research Commons up to three hours per day and up to three days in advance.


Media Viewing & Listening

View or listen to your own media or items from our collections. Listen to LPs, CDs and tapes on the 1st floor near the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk. Watch DVDs, BluRay and VHS tapes on the 2nd floor in the group study area.


Study Late Night / After Hours Access

During Fall and Spring Semesters, the Library Lobby, 1st floor Events Room and the Ground Floor Study Commons are open late and a security guard is on the premises. (OneCard ID required). For more information, see our Library Hours


Find Quiet Study Spaces

Quiet study spaces are located in the Ground Floor Study Commons1st Floor Research Commons, or on the 4th floor.


Get Research Assistance

Help yourself with online guides/tutorials or get help from a librarian either in person, by phone, email, text or chat – we’re here for you!



Search the Library’s ebooks or check to see if the Library has free ebook versions of your textbooks.