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Services for Alumni and Community Users


All visitors are welcome to:

  • Use books and materials in open collections within the library
  • Use designated walk-up terminals to browse our physical holdings
  • Access campus guest WiFi on their own device
  • Access most electronic resources within the library using their own WiFi capable device
  • Access federal and state publications within the library
  • Obtain research assistance

Public Use of Computers and Copiers

The SDSU Library has walk-up terminals scattered throughout the two buildings where users may browse our physical collections. Guests may use the guest WiFi on their own device to browse databases and online content. The library does not currently have computers available for guest use.

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.

Copiers require an SDSUid or guest copy card. Please ask at the 24/7 help desk to borrow a guest copy card and a print-out of the directions on how to load funds. Local businesses such as the UPS store, Cal Copy, FedEx Office, or Staples offer copying services.

Electronic Resources

Access to most of our subscription/licensed electronic databases is available onsite via the guest WiFi using your own device. Remote access is not permitted due to licensing restrictions. Free/No Subscription databases are available from anywhere. In addition, 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 become a lifetime member of the SDSU Alumni Association in order to check out up to five books at a time. Please see the Alumni Association site for more information on their membership.

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

Interlibrary Loan

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