Visiting J. Paul Leonard Library

Library Ground Entrance


While our primary mission is to support the students, faculty and staff at SF State, the J. Paul Leonard Library is also open to members of the general public.


Print Collections

Visitors can read the books, magazines, journals, reference works and government publications that are available on open shelving on the 3rd and 4th Floors. Visitors can also use OneSearch to request titles that are stored in the Library Retrieval System (LRS). To request an LRS item, please visit the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk on the 1st Floor for assistance.

Visitors may not checkout books or other materials unless they join the Friends of the Library or SF State Alumni Association. Another way to borrow books from our collection is to contact a library that you are affiliated with, such as your local public library, to see if they can get the book for you via interlibrary loan.

Electronic Resources

Library electronic resources such as research databases and ebooks may only be used on campus. Off-campus access is limited to current SF State students, staff and faculty.

Computer Access

Most computer areas in the library are restricted to SF State students, staff and faculty, as is campus wifi access. Members of the general public may use the OneSearch kiosks to access the library catalog and databases. Public wifi access is available through the campus guest network SFStateGuest.

More Information

If you need help or have additional questions when you’re at the library, stop by the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk on the 1st Floor.