Research Commons and Study Commons Computers
There are over 200 Macs and PCs available in the Research Commons (1st Floor) and Study Commons (Ground Floor). To sign on to a computer you will need your SF State ID number and Library PIN. Both areas offer scanners and printing, including color and wifi printing. The Research Commons is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week when classes are in session during Fall and Spring semesters and both areas may offer extended hours at other times. Be sure to check the Library hours before visiting the Library.
All SF State students, staff, and faculty with a valid OneCard/SF State ID are welcome to use the Library computer services. A few computers in the Research Commons can also be used by Friends of the Library and Alumni Association members as well as by registered guest users.
All users are required to follow SF State policies regarding computer/Internet use and copyright:
After Hours Access
When classes are in session during Fall and Spring semesters the Research Commons and Study Commons have extended hours. The Library is open to the public, as well as to students, faculty and staff at SF State everyday until midnight during the Fall and Spring semesters. Be sure to check the current hours before visiting.
After midnight you must have a valid SF State One Card ID to remain in or to enter the Research Commons.
Computers & Software
Over 110 Windows computers with a wide range of software, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, SPSS, Mathematica and ArcGIS. Generally, these computers can be used for as many hours as you like. After the initial 2 hour session, you'll be asked if you’d like additional time. During busy periods time limits may be established for these computers.
Over 90 iMacs with a wide range of software, including Firefox, MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite. Many of these Macs have scanners. Generally, these computers can be used for as many hours as you like. During busy periods time limits may be established. SF State students, faculty and staff only. Sign-on with university ID number.
Express Computers in both the Research Commons and Study Commons are set aside for quick print jobs, email and web browsing. Use is limited to 3, 10 minute sessions per day.
Two Hour Computers
There are 6 Two Hour computers are available for use by Friends of the Library and Alumni Association members as well as by registered guest users in the Research Commons. Guest users must first register for a Guest Computer Sign-On account. Use limited to 2 hours per day. Sign-on with Guest ID number.
OneCard printing (including wi-fi and color printing) is available from all the computers in the Research and Study Commons. To add money to a OneCard, use an Add Value Station machine in the Study Commons, Research Commons or Book Pickup & Checkout area.
Scanners are connected to PCs and Macs in both the Research Commons and Study Commons. The Digital Media Studio, 2nd floor, also has scanners available.