Banned Books Week


September 27−October 3, 2015

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.   (American Library Association website

The Library has selected banned books and put them on display in a case near the Book Checkout & Pickup desk.

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Needles to Thread: Dancing Along These Lines in Continuum Alley


Flyaway Productions newest site-specific aerial dance takes on the issue of wage security for women through the story of San Francisco’s garment workers past and present.

When:  Thursday to Saturday, October 1 – 3, and Thursday to Saturday, October 8 – 10, twice each evening at 8pm and 9pm. At 7pm on Saturday October 3rd & 10th, the Labor Archives & Research Center will host a walking tour focusing on the neighborhood’s important sites of labor history.

Where:  Continuum Alley located at the intersection of Dale Place and 255 Golden Gate Avenue (near UNITE HERE Local 2).

This is a free event. Please note that limited seating is available for each 30 minute performance.

About Flyaway Productions
Flyaway Productions is an apparatus–based dance company that explores the range and power of female physicality and advances social issues in the public realm. Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jo
Kreiter, the company uses the artistry of spinning, flying, and exquisite suspension to engage political and social issues.  Flyaway creates dances on both architectural and fabricated steel objects, typically off the ground, with dancers suspended anywhere from 2 to 100 feet above ground level. The company creates a sense of spectacle to make a lasting impression with an audience, striving for the right balance of awe, provocation and daring.Needles postcard

Constitution Day Books


Constitution Day, Thursday, September 17th, 2015 commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. On that day the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Books related to the U.S. Constitution, have been placed on shelves near the Book Checkout desk in support of, Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution Day Conference at SF State – September 17th and 18th 2015.


eBook Textbooks!


Library staff working with the Bookstore and the Disability Programs and Resource Center have created a web page listing the Fall 2015 textbooks that are available as free eBooks in the Library. Most of these eBooks can be used by multiple students at the same time.

Check the list of titles to see if any textbooks required for your classes are available as free eBooks in the Library.

We hope the number of eBook Textbooks will grow quickly in future semesters, as both students and faculty become aware of the increasing number of eBooks available through the Library.


Library Retrieval System Downtime Thurs. Aug. 6th, 9AM – 1PM


Between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6th, you will not be able to submit requests to retrieve books and other items from the Library Retrieval System. This downtime is necessary to test a planned server migration. It’s possible that requesting may be available sooner, depending on how long the test takes. We will schedule a similar period of downtime to do the actual server migration. Please plan ahead and request any items you need from the Library Retrieval System prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6th. We apologize for any inconvenience.


60 Years of Leonard Library as a Federal Depository Library


The J. Paul Leonard Library is celebrating its 60th year as a selective Federal Depository Library! Since 1955, we have been serving the university and the 12th Congressional district. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by the Printing Act of 1895 as a cooperative program between the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and designated public and private libraries. Currently, there are 1150 FDLP libraries nationwide whose mission is to provide free public access to Federal Government information. Government information is published on every subject imaginable, from art to zoology, in multiple formats (electronic, print, posters, maps). Our collection also includes San Francisco City and County, State of California, and international documents.
This exhibit is a collaboration of
Government Publications and Historic Collections
at the J. Paul Leonard Library.