Laptop Checkout

The Library provides a number of different types of laptops for checkout by current SF State students, faculty and staff. Loan periods vary from 4 hours to 28 days.

Short Term Laptops

Approximately 100 Mac and 100 PC laptops with pretty much the same software that is installed on the Research Commons desktop computers. Borrow for up to 4 hours; use anywhere on campus. Installing additional software not allowed. Available at Research Commons help desk on the 1st Floor.

Long Term Laptops

Approximately 75 Mac and 75 PC laptops that can be borrowed for 28 days, used off-campus, and allow users to install their own software. They also come with pretty much the same software that is available on the Research Commons desktop computers. Available at Research Commons help desk on the 1st Floor.

Maker Laptops

Approximately 10 MacBook Pro laptops setup with 3D modeling and digital media production software.  Borrow for up to 4 hours; use anywhere on campus. Installing additional software not allowed. Available at Digital Media Studio help desk on the 2nd Floor.

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Laptops

Inexpensive laptops designed for children in developing countries. Available at the Digital Media Studio desk on the 2nd Floor. The OLPC project.

Friends of the Library (FOL) Laptops

Older Mac laptops with basic software for Friends of the Library members at the Sustaining level. Available at the Book Checkout and Pickup desk on the 1st Floor.

More information

Borrowing

To borrow a Short Term, Long Term, OLPC or Maker Laptop you must have your current SF State OneCard ID with you. Note that before borrowing a laptop you also must sign the laptop checkout agreement, which, among other things, stipulates that you agree to pay the full replacement value of the laptop if it is lost or stolen. If you have unpaid fines on your Library Account, then you may not be able to check out a laptop. To borrow an FOL laptop, you must be a FOL member at the Sustaining level.

Software

Short Term Laptops | Long Term Laptops | Maker Laptops

Printing

Print to Wi-Fi printers on most floors of the Library. Pay with SF State OneCard or Guest Card. Long Term Laptops allow you to install your own printer software.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is available throughout the Library. Login with your SF State ID or email address and password. FOL users can use the SFStateGuest network.