Accessible Technology Commons

The Accessible Technology Commons (ATC) is an assistive technology lab run by the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC). The ATC opened in Spring 2013 to provide services to students with disabilities who are registered with the DPRC. It is a quiet place for students who want to do homework, group projects, use a computer, or need a study space. It also meets the technology needs of students with disabilities as each room has an assistive technology computer. Each room also has a height adjustable chair and computer table. Eligible students may also request headphones at the DPRC Front Desk located at Student Services Building Room 110.

Entrance to the ATC



The ATC is located on the Ground Floor, Room 83, of the J. Paul Leonard Library. 

You may enter through the right side of the Library facing Quad (Cesar Chavez Building).  Underneath the stairs is a hallway that will lead you to the ATC.  The Digital Scholarship Center, Room 80, is on the left side before the hallway starts.  At the end of the hallway on the left is the Accessible Technology Commons, Room 83.  View the Ground Floor Map


Spring 2018

The ATC hours of operation for Spring 2018 (starting Tuesday, January 30th) will be:

Day Hours
Monday - Thursday 8am to 2am
Friday 8am to 10pm
Saturday 12pm to 10pm
Sunday 12pm to 2am

For holiday hours and exceptions, please see the Library's holidays and exceptions website

Room Use Policy

  • Students may use any of the available rooms on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Students may reserve rooms in advance (see below).
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late, your reservation will not be honored and another student will be allowed to use the room
  • You must leave the room after 2 hours if another student is waiting. Lab Monitors will remind you to vacate the room 15 minutes before your time is up.
  • If all rooms are occupied, you may use the Assistive Technology workstations in the Study Commons or Research Commons. The Lab Monitor on duty can direct you to these locations.
  • No food or drinks in the rooms


Students who would like to book time in these rooms (up to 2 hours per day) during business hours may make reservations by emailing, calling the ATC Lab Monitors during the hours of operation at (415) 405-5528 or in-person at the ATC.

If you are unable to use the room you've reserved or run into other issues, please contact Avi Chandiramani at or call him at (415) 338-6436 (between 8am and 5pm)

Saving Files

Please back up your work on to a USB flash drive. The workstation desktop and hard drives are for temporary storage only and are erased frequently. You are responsible for backing up your files.


There is one Black & White printer with a Print Release Station in the ATC. Printing is provided through the Library and is paid for using your SF State OneCard. Black & White copies cost 7 cents per page. For more information about printing and costs, please visit the Library's Printing page.


Certain rooms have one wall covered with IdeaPaint, which lets you use them as a whiteboard. Please write only on the walls that are indicated. The IdeaPaint in Room B is on the left wall after you enter and the the IdeaPaint wall in Room E is directly across from the door. Dry erase markers and erasers are provided.

Software and Hardware List

For a description of software installed on each computer, please visit the Assistive Software page. 

Each room has a Windows PC and the following assistive software installed: JAWS, NVDA, MAGic, ZoomText, Kurzweil 3000 and Dragon Naturally Speaking. In addition, the following features ae available in each room. Note that the room with the Braille Embosser has the Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) software.

  Flatbed Scanner CCTV Webcam Braille Display Braille Embosser Whiteboard
Room A X X        
Room B X X       X
Room C     X      
Room D            
Room E X   X     X
Room F X     X X  

Additional pictures of the ATC

View of the ATC lobby

View of Room F