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Alumni and community users are welcome to use the library during regular library hours. When the rest of the library is closed access to the 24/7 Study Area is restricted to current SDSU faculty, staff, and students.

All Visitors Are Welcome to:

  • Use books and materials in open collections within the library
  • Use designated guest computers for 2 hours/day
  • Access campus Wi-Fi
  • Access most electronic resources within the library
  • Access federal and state publications within the library
  • Obtain assistance from the research services desk

Public Use of Computers

Visitors may use selected workstations in Research Services (1st Floor, Library Addition). These workstations provide basic Internet access to the library's electronic resources. Registration (good for one year and requiring a government-issued ID) is required to use these computers. 

Use of these computers 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.

A guest print card (costs $1) is needed for printing from the computers. A tutorial is available showing how to buy the card and add money. More information on printing and photocopying is available.

Electronic Resources

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.)

Circulation/Borrowing Privileges

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.

Community users may also borrow most SDSU books free of charge via Circuit at their local San Diego County Public Library branch.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is not available to community users, guests, or alumni.