SDSU Library Information for Fall 2020

The SDSU Library is committed to providing students and faculty the services they require for coursework and research in a safe environment. Beginning August 24, the following will be available to current SDSU students, faculty and staff:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. 

Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.

Temporarily reduced hours.

Hours are subject to change per State of CA
guidelines. Check the website for current hours.

Monday-Thursday: 9-11 a.m. and noon-2 p.m.

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

Please note that all hours and procedures are subject to change based on campus, county health department, state and federal guidelines, and the needs of the SDSU community. Always check the SDSU Library website for the most up-to-date information.

For everyone’s safety, only the 24/7* Area will be open, and only to current students, faculty and staff. Facial coverings are required at all times, and physical distancing requirements will be enforced. Library users will be required to swipe their RedIDs for entrance, so please remember to bring your facial covering and RedID to each library visit. Please review the university guidelines for preventing transmission of the coronavirus for more information.

Although all other areas of the library remain closed, the library continues to offer a variety of services to assist faculty, staff and students.  

  • Books and other circulating materials can be checked out through our Domeside Pickup service
  • Our online librarian chat is available around the clock to answer your library questions and provide research assistance.  SDSU librarians are available Monday-Thursday  9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. During other times, the chat is staffed by a shared co-op service.
  • Online computer hub support services continue.
  • How-To Research Tutorials are available.
  • Subject specialist librarians can be reached by e-mail. These specialists are a great resource for research help. Find your librarian here.   
  • Faculty can request a book or other materials to be added to the library collection or request information literacy instruction for your fall classes on the faculty service page.
  • Resources for teaching in the virtual space, created by the DH Center and DH Initiative can be found in the Digital Humanities Center

More Details About Library Use

  • The 24/7* Area will be open with modified hours to current SDSU students, faculty and staff Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. The library building will be completely closed from noon-1 p.m. for deep cleaning and all users must exit the building during this time. The library will not be open on Saturday. All other areas of the library will remain closed.
  • The library will admit a limited number of users at a time  (current SDSU students, faculty and staff) for computing use and study space. Access to 34 windows computers, 6 MacOS computers and 5 high performance desktops will be available, as well as self-use printers and study tables. Users will be admitted on a first-come first-served basis, and will need to wait in a socially-distanced line outside of the library until space is available. Capacity limits will be noted at the entrance.
  • The Love Library Patio is available for outdoor seating and WiFi access.    
  • Users should watch for one-way traffic flows and other social-distancing tools. 
  • Books and materials from the stacks can be checked out through Domeside Pickup. Library staff will retrieve the book and email the user for pickup.  Plan ahead as it may take 48 hours (longer on weekends) to fulfill requests and materials will only be available during the posted Domeside Pick Up hours.
  • We will continue to offer interlibrary loan services through Domeside Pickup. Currently only electronic items are available but the team is working hard to make physical items available. Check the library website for the latest information.
  • Laptops and wifi hotspots will also be available for student checkout. Apply for technology through the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT).

Safety in the Background

In order to keep library personnel and users safe, we will take several steps that users might not see.  Be assured we are looking out for your safety. Some of these steps include:

  • The 24/7* Area will be completely closed from noon-1 p.m. each weekday for deep cleaning. All users will be required to leave the building during this time.
  • We have rearranged furniture for proper social distancing. Please do not move or rearrange furniture in either the 24/7* or Love Library Patio.
  • There are safety shields between users and library personnel.
  • We quarantine returned materials for three days.
  • Library personnel will use gloves when handling materials.
  • Security staff will monitor capacity, social distancing and protective equipment use.
  • Users will be required to sanitize desks and workstations before and after use with library-provided supplies. 
  • The 24/7* area will be closed when San Diego County is on the State of CA COVID-19 watchlist. Be sure to check the website or social media before planning a visit to the library.

Planning for the Future

As we move forward, the library is committed to continually improving the services we provide to users, both students and faculty alike. Toward that end:

  • We will prioritize our purchases of electronic and digital resources, and continue to explore creative ways to offer services in a virtual environment.
  • We will actively monitor the use of library space and continuously review the need to open additional seating areas in a manner consistent with community health and available resources.
  • In collaboration with our campus partners, and consistent with campus planning for restoration of in-person services, we will work to restore on-site services including those provided by The Writing Center, Math/Stats
  • Learning Center, and Supplemental Instruction.
  • Library access for the larger community will be dictated by university-wide repopulation and reopening plans.

Information about the library services can be found at