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During this COVID-19 event, the SDSU Library remains accessible virtually to SDSU students, faculty, staff, and the community. Electronic materials, including ebooks, journal articles, government documents, and streaming media, are available via OneSearch, the SDSU Government Publications Guide, and nearly 500 article databases. Our subject experts can be contacted via our 24/7 Librarian online chat. Researchers needing specialized help with government information may contact a Regional FDLP library.

In our current phase, access to all physical collections is unavailable in order to ensure the health and safety of our employees and our users, which is our top priority. This means we are unable to pull print books for our users or scan materials. In coordination with campus leadership, we are following CDC, California, and San Diego County Public Health guidelines to minimize contact as we explore ways to safely begin to providing access to physical collections. Our plan will focus first on ways to have library faculty and staff safely back in the building. Next we will look at how best to provide SDSU students, faculty, and staff on demand access to materials required to inform their curricular and research needs. Access for community users will resume in a later phase of the reopening plan. We thank you for your patience during this process.

Library Services

  • 24/7 Librarian help is available through our online chat service. You can also leave a voicemail message at 619-594-6728, text 619-304-1820, and email eref@sdsu.edu.
  • The Computing Hub is available through online chat, by phone 619-594-3189, and email hub@sdsu.edu.
  • Library FAQs 
  • Course reserves
  • Returning books and technology (laptops, ECRT equipment, etc)
    • The due date for books is August 31, including interlibrary loans.
    • The due date for equipment loans is June 1. If you have equipment to return, please contact circulation@sdsu.edu
    • If you return interlibrary loan books in the book drop outside the library, please mark them as interlibrary loans. They will not be returned in the system until staff are back in the building.
  • Interlibrary loan
    • Articles and book chapters: You may request PDFs for items we don't own in full text. Please request each book chapter separately.
    • Books: We will try to purchase in electronic format if available on a platform we subscribe to. This will take at least 2 weeks to process.
    • Physical interlibrary loan is suspended, including requesting materials from Circuit and CSU+.
    • If you have an interlibrary loan book waiting on the hold shelf, we'll hang onto it at least until June 5.

Library Collections

  • Access to all of our physical collections is suspended. Sorry, we cannot pull books or scan materials.
  • Special Collections and University Archives can be reached at askscua@sdsu.edu. They do not have access to the collections, and so cannot scan materials. Check out their Primary Sources Online guide.
  • Our Digital Collections contain SDSU theses, syllabi, course catalogs, student newspapers, yearbooks, and thousands of SDSU photos.
  • As of 6/1/20, we have 18 trial databases that allow us free access to resources in areas such as business, history, classics, and medicine. Take a look!
  • No gift donations of physical materials will be accepted. It is expected that this suspension will last until January 2021.


SDSU Writing Center

Information about online and e-tutoring appointments is available here: https://writingcenter.sdsu.edu/online-and-etutoring.html. Any questions can be directed to the Center at writingcenter@sdsu.edu.

Math and Stats Learning Center

Tutors and TAs will be offering virtual help and office hours through Zoom. 

Special Activities

Contribute to our Covid-19 Memory Project.

Download an SDSU Zoom background for your next meeting.

Put together an SDSU Digital Puzzle. New puzzles up as of 5/28!

Updated: 6/1/2020

Student Resources

SDSU Virtual Support and Resources for Students

Economic Crisis Response Team's assistance request form for food, housing, and technology.

Online databases are accessible both on and off campus, with many articles available as PDFs. 

Research guides can help you determine what databases to use for your particular topic, and we have a short tutorial that explains how to use them.