The Library has implemented a sign on system which requires a user ID and password in order to use computers. Yellow Community User computers for Internet access and email will continue to be provided for up to two (2) hours a day. However, because of software license agreements, access to software such as Microsoft Office will be limited to only students, staff, and faculty members with a current Red ID and Library PIN.

Alumni, Guest Borrowers, and Community users:

  • Yellow Community User Internet only computers for research use can be found in our Library's Reference Services and Government Publications.
  • You will have computer access two (2) hours per day

Students, Faculty, and Staff:

  • Your Red ID and Library PIN will be required to use computers in Reference Services, Current Periodicals and Microforms, the Student Computer Center, and 24/7 Study Area in the Library.
  • You will have computer access for four (4) hour blocks of time. This time can be extended.

What is a PIN?

  • A PIN is required for online access to subscription library resources.
  • A Library PIN is different from your SDSU identification number and your WebPortal/Blackboard password.
  • Your PIN is used to access and use a variety of electronic library services including Circuit.

Create or Reset your Library PIN?

Create/Reset your PIN

Enter your name and Red ID, then click "submit." A link to create/reset your PIN will be sent to the email address on file with SDSU WebPortal. This link will be valid for 3 hours from the time of your request.

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How many characters can I use?

  • A PIN must be at least 8 characters long.
  • A PIN must contain both alpha & numeric characters.
  • Special characters (#@* etc.) are not allowed.
  • Try to develop a PIN you will remember.
  • The PIN must not contain common trivial patterns. For example:
    • Do not use a character that is repeated three or more times (for example, aaaa, ababa, bbbb).
    • Do not use a set of up to four characters that is repeated two or more times (for example, abab, abcabc, abcdabcd).