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Library Services @ the Downtown Campus


Welcome!  A number of services are available to SF State students attending classes at the Downtown Campus via the Librarys home page.

Access authorization: Create a Library PIN and Register for ILLiad

Assign yourself a Library PIN for off-campus access to library databases and other electronic resources. A PIN also allows you to renew checked-out items online

Register for an ILLiad account in order to request items from the J. Paul Leonard Library (JPLL), as well as other libraries, via Interlibrary Services. When registering: MBA Students -- select Business-MBA as your department; MPA Students -- select MPA Downtown as your department.

To change the department on an existing ILLiad account, click “Change User Information” located under Tools on the main ILLiad page.

Electronic Databases

The JPLL subscribes to many databases that provide access to full-text articles, article citations and abstracts, statistics, and company and industry information.  Select databases by title (ABI/Inform, Business Source Premier, etc) or by subject (Business, Public Administration, etc.).  Check the Research Guides or contact your subject librarian for advice about the best databases to use for your research.

Electronic Journals

Use the Electronic Journals List and InvestiGator, the online catalog, to locate electronic journals.

Locate Library Collections: InvestiGator Online Catalog

Search InvestiGator, the online catalog, to locate items in the J. Paul Leonard Library’s collections, including books, journals, electronic journals, and government publications. 

Requesting Articles and Books

Interlibrary Services delivers articles and books to you, usually within a few days of your request.  Article copies will be made available in .pdf whenever possible. Pick-up and return borrowed books to the 5th floor College of Business reception desk or MPA office.

  • For articles:  use the ILLiad “Request an Article Copy” form to order articles that are not available electronically from any of our databases.
  • For J. Paul Leonard Library (JPLL) books:  use the ILLiad “Borrow an Item” request form.  Books will be couriered to the DTC for pick-up at either the 5th floor College of Business reception desk or MPA office. 
  • For books not available from JPLL:  Click the Search LINK+ icon located at the top of the InvestiGator results screen.  If the book is available from a LINK+ library, “request the item” and select Downtown Campus (MBA/MPA students only) as the pick-up location.  For other books, use the ILLiad “Borrow an Item” request form.

Help and Advice: Library Subject Liaisons

Contact Us via IM, e-mail, or by sending a message to your department’s library subject liaison.

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