The following services are available to all visitors:
- Access to library books and materials in open collections
- Access to federal and state publications
- Assistance in locating collections and services
- Reference assistance including basic instruction in using the library and catalog and databases
- Remote access to the library catalog, the PAC
- Access to most electronic resources when in the library
- Guest access to selected computer workstations
Public Use of Computers
Visitors may use selected workstations in Reference Services (1st Floor, Library Addition). A limited number of community workstations are also available in Government Publications (3rd Floor, Love Library). These workstations provide basic Internet access to the library's electronic resources. Registration (good for one year and requiring a government-issued ID) and creation of a PIN are required to use these computers. Terminals for registering and creating a PIN are available in Reference Services and the 24/7 Study Area.
Use of these computers (identified by their yellow logo) is limited to two hours per day. Productivity, statistical, and multimedia software are not available to visitors due to licensing restrictions. However you may use free web-based services such as Google Docs.
Community users are welcome to bring their own laptops and use the SDSU wireless network. A simple registration procedure is required the first time of use.
Alumni and community members are welcome to use the library (including the 24/7 area) during regular library hours. Access to the 24/7 area is restricted to current SDSU faculty, staff, and students when the rest of the library is closed.
Access to most of our subscription/licensed electronic databases is available onsite. Remote access is not permitted due to licensing restrictions. A wide variety of databases (with remote access) are available from your local public library (databases at San Diego City and San Diego County.)
Community users may buy a guest card or join the SDSU Alumni Association. Alumni/guest card users may check out up to five books at a time. More information on Guest cards is here; please see the Alumni Association site for more information on their membership.
Interlibrary loan is not available to community users, guests, or alumni.
Maps and Directions
Library and Information Access is located under the big dome in the middle of campus and in the attached four-story building. A campus map, parking information, and directions are available. The campus is also accessible via bus and the Green line of the Trolley.
The SDSU Library and Information Access welcomes visits from school groups with at least two weeks advance notice. Please contact Gloria Rhodes, Outreach Librarian, for more information.
Donating to the Library
Please consider a gift to Library and Information Access. Our success in the future, depends in part, on our ability to continue purchasing the materials needed on a daily basis to support the curriculum and research needs of our students and faculty. There are many ways in which you can help, each contributing to the excellence of our library collections.