Fall Recess Hours


Our Fall Recess hours are as follows:

On Sunday, November 22nd, Research and Study Commons will close at 10pm.

Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th, we will be open from 8am – 5pm.

The Library building will be closed from 5pm, Wednesday, November 25th until Sunday, November 29th when the Research Commons reopens at 10am, and the Study Commons and Main Library reopen at 12 noon.


Poet | Artist | Activist: Let’s Make A Plan


Please join us for an exciting event in partnership with the SFSU Poetry Center and SEIU Local 1021. This interactive program looks at the fight to improve the working conditions of lecturer faculty through the lens of local poet and artist activists.

Poet | Artist | Activist: Let’s Make A Plan
Christopher Higginbotham, Christian Nagler, Cassie Thornton
Thursday NOV 12, 2015
4:30 pm* @ Labor Archives and Research Center
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460 – 4th floor, SFSU, free
*conversation at 4:30, performances at 5:00 pm


Open conversations with three artist/activists discussing their work, followed by performances. Co-sponsored by the Labor Archives & Research Center, the Poetry Center, and Service Employees International Union Local 1021.

“But if we listen to them they will say: come let’s plan something together. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re telling all of you but we’re not telling anyone else.”
–Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, Chap. 4, “Debt and Study” (download the PDF for free)

Poster design by Adrian Quiroga Ochoa and Harlan Frost.

Christopher Higgenbotham is a passionate high school history teacher who also happens to be a big activist for social change and justice in his community. Christopher graduated from Morehouse in 2013. He lives by the words “Why Not?”
Christian Nagler is an artist, writer and translator based in Oakland, California. He works at the intersection of bodily movement and geo-financial systems. Recent projects include Market Fitness, Yoga for Adjuncts, and Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics which pursue economic critique through kinesthetic, participatory performances. He co-translated Empire of Neomemory by Heriberto Yépez, and has translated many other works by Central American writers. He was deeply involved in unionizing bay area adjunct faculty. Currently, he is doing graduate research on issues of performance in economic discourse and labor issues, and completing his first novel and book of poems.

Cassie Thornton is an artist who is sometimes referred to as the Feminist Economics Department (the FED), and who works in collusion with Strike Debt in Oakland, California, a social movement dedicated to grassroots action. Her work investigates and reveals the impact of governmental and economic systems on public feeling, behavior, and unconscious, with a focus on debt and security. Cassie has exhibited, lectured, and performed with the generous support of galleries, art and activist groups, non-profits, universities, and museums internationally. In 2015, Cassie has been commissioned to complete a project with SEIU in Oakland CA, Evergreen State University in Olympia WA, Hastings Poverty Race and Law Journal in San Francisco, the SF LGBT Center, Storefront Lab in San Francisco, Recess Gallery in Portland OR, Portland State University, San Francisco State University, SOEX in San Francisco, Publication Studio in Oakland, CA and UC Berkeley. She has recently published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, ArtLeaks, and Temporary Art Magazine. Recent awards have come from Headlands Center for the Arts, Blade of Grass Foundation, CCA Social IMPACT Grant, Barclay Simpson Award and the Cannonball Miami Residency.

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The Library MakerSpace now open for all SF State students, faculty and staff



SF State students, faculty and staff from all departments are welcome to use the Library MakerSpace in the Digital Media Studio, Lib. 260. Equipment includes 3D printers, a 3D scanner, electronics tinkering kits from LittleBits and Arduino, scanners for large documents and images and a large-format poster printer. Software includes SolidWorks, Rhino, SketchUp, Autodesk packages and many more. Project space with whiteboard walls and art prep tables also available.

Drop by to take a look, to schedule a consultation and to take advantage of introductory pricing on 3D printing.

Don’t know anything about 3D printing or 3D modeling? No problem. Sign-up to use the extensive Lynda.com video tutorial library to quickly get up to speed.


Fall 2015 Regular Hours
Check Library website for exceptions

Monday – Thursday                  11am – 9pm

Friday                                           11am – 5pm

Saturday – Sunday                     Noon – 6pm


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 http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek)

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