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Downloading & Saving Documents

Library users may save their work onto any USB-compatible storage device. Documents and software cannot be downloaded or saved onto Library PCs, including the desktop. To download or save files, please bring your own USB device (e.g. jump drive or thumb drive).

  • Floppy drives are no longer installed on Library PCs; however, some locations have portable floppy drives available for use during your reservation. To borrow a floppy drive, please present your I.D. or library card at the Reference Desk. Floppy drives are available free-of-charge while supplies last.
  • CD/DVDs: Library PCs do not have CD/DVD-ROM drives installed. Patrons may not save documents to CDs or DVDs.
  • Web-based options: For patrons who do not bring anything on which to save their work, Web-based tools such as the ones listed below are an alternative. Most are free-of-charge and require registration. Please note that these tools are unaffiliated with SFPL and that the Library does not endorse or recommend any one tool over another.

Mobile Devices and Storage Media

Mobile devices

  • Mobile devices (such as cell phones, BlackBerrys, iPods, MP3 players, iPads and digital cameras) may be used on Library computers only for the purposes of saving and retrieving files.
  • Connect to a Library desktop computer via the USB extension cable that is provided; do not use the computer’s USB ports directly.
  • Prohibited actions include but are not limited to running applications; booting; plugging into USB ports in the CPU directly; plugging in any non-storage USB devices (e.g. USB WiFi network card, USB WiFi access point).
  • Use mobile devices on the Library’s computer equipment at your own risk. SFPL is not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur.

Disclaimer for Assistance with Patron Mobile Devices (PDF). English | Chinese | Spanish

Storage media

Storage media (e.g. flash drives) should be used on Library computers only for the purposes of saving and retrieving files.

  • Connect to a Library desktop computer via the USB extension cable that is provided; do not use the computer’s USB ports directly.
  • Prohibited actions include but are not limited to running applications; booting; plugging into USB ports in the CPU directly.
  • Use storage media on the Library’s computer equipment at your own risk. SFPL is not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur.

The Library prohibits the downloading of copyrighted materials in any form. Please follow all copyright laws.