Off-campus Access to Electronic Resources

Most of the Library's subscription databases and e-books can be used from off-campus at home or work if you are a student, staff or faculty member at SF State. OneSearch can be used from anywhere, but sign in is required for many features and services. Due to licensing restrictions, off-campus access is not available for the public, SF State Alumni, Friends of the Library, or students who are not currently enrolled.

Graduate Thesis Students and students finishing incompletes should request an access form from the Book Checkout & Pickup Desk. An SF State faculty member must sign this form, so that we can grant access for the remainder of the semester.


Using databases while off-campus is simple: just click on the link as you would while on campus. A screen will appear asking for your SF State ID and password. Fill in the form and submit it. You should be taken to the next screen to start searching, or reading your e-book.

You only need to sign in for the first resource you use during a session; the next database will come up without a login screen, because your browser will have a cookie. Your browser's default preference is probably to accept cookies, so you may not need to change any settings.

Getting Help

For help with any of our resources, please Contact a Librarian.

Reporting Problems

If you are having problems connecting to the Library's electronic databases from off-campus, or they don't seems to be working correctly, please contact us by email, at