The J. Paul Leonard Library building is closed for expansion and renovation from fall 2008 to fall 2011. Library services and collections are available in Library Annex I and the HSS building. For information, visit the Library Building Project site.


About 4 million items


About 400,000 items a year


More than two million visits by students, faculty and community members annually

Electronic Resources:

InvestiGator, the Library's online catalog, is available on site and remotely. The Library provides access to more than 200 online databases. The electronic collections include more than 30,000 electronic journals and books.

Specialized collections and services

  • OASIS, a Web tutorial
  • Frank V. de Bellis Collection
  • Government Publications
  • The Labor Archives & Research Center
  • Media Access Center/Computer Lab
  • Special Collections/Archives
  • Extended Hours Computer Lab and Study Area
  • Friends of the Library
  • San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive


On-campus Housing

More than 2,300 students of all ages and class levels call SF State home. Living accommodations include Mary Ward and Mary Park residence halls, the Science and Technology Theme Community and apartments at The Towers at Centennial Square, The Village at Centennial Square and University Park North and South. Some students opt to live in themed living communities that correspond to their majors and personal interests.\


Arts, Culture and Creativity

Each year, SF State sponsors hundreds of workshops, lectures, conferences, exhibits, debates, forums and other public programs at little or no cost.
In addition, thousands attend public performances produced or sponsored by the College of Creative Arts: faculty and student recitals, the renowned Morrison Artists Series Chamber Music Program, contemporary drama and musical productions, dance featuring professional companies and advanced students, and film programs. In recent years our artist-in-residence programs have brought to campus such esteemed performers as saxophonist Branford Marsalis. The world renowned Alexander String Quartet is the official quartet-in-residence at SF State.
For more information on upcoming events, visit the University's online calendar.


A College with a Conscience

Just like the city of San Francisco, SF State is known for valuing activism, social engagement and service to community. The University is one of a select group of schools that Princeton Review calls "Colleges with a Conscience" -- institutions of higher learning that possess both "an administration committed to social responsibilty and a student body actively engaged in serving society."
SF State has many centers, institutes and programs that link the University to the Bay Area community and beyond. For a sampling of its community-focused programs, visit the University's Institute for Civic and Community Engagement online.