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Delmar T. Oviatt Library 

Oviatt Library

The Oviatt Library (OV) is located in the center of campus. Library personnel are dedicated to helping students achieve their educational goals. The Library has extensive collections and services, both in-house and online. Reading and study areas, as well as computers, are located throughout the building. Library hours vary by time of year and are posted at the Library’s entrance and can be found online on the Library’s home page

Oviatt Library Resources

As of Fall 2011, the Oviatt Library had a physical collection containing more than 1.4 million volumes. The Library subscribes to 50,994 online journals, 2,376 print periodicals and serials, 210 online databases and 277,361 eBooks. There are 13,892 sound recordings and 19,229 film and video recordings. The archives and manuscript collection exceeds 4,570 linear feet of materials, with more than 37,300 items housed in Special Collections. The main Open Stack Collection is comprised of 1,416,106 volumes; 700,000 less frequently used volumes, including most microforms and pre-1990 periodicals, are stored in the Library’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). Stored items may be requested from the Library’s online catalog or at the Circulation Desk and retrieved from the ASRS in approximately 10 minutes.

Assistive Technology Workstations

The Library has established 4 assistive technology study rooms featuring a wide range of sophisticated hardware and software designed to increase access to Library resources for students with disabilities. The rooms are located on the first floor of the west wing. CSUN students wishing to use one of these rooms may obtain a key at the circulation desk. Students will be asked to present their card from the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) indicating that they have received appropriate training on the equipment.

Please check with the Disability Resources and Educational Services Office, Bayramian Hall 110, for more information about using these rooms. Upon request, assistance such as photocopying and book retrieval is available at the Circulation Desk.

Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk staff in the main lobby checks out, renews, checks in and places holds on library resources. The Circulation Desk also is where fines are paid and photo ID cards can be issued. Most items ordered from automated storage (ASRS) are picked up here as well.

Copy Services

Self-service copy machines are located on each floor of the Library. The copy service vendor office is located in Oviatt 111D where special services are available, including color copying, assistance with photocopying and printing refunds.

Government Documents

The Library is a selective depository for government documents published by the U.S. government and the state of California. (Note: Most documents are issued only in electronic format.) Free public access to government documents is assured by state and federal law. Documents that have been cataloged and added to the main collection are listed in the Library catalog. Uncataloged documents are in specific sections of the Oviatt Reference room and the Reserves, Periodicals and Microform room. The finding guides for using government documents are in the Reference room or available online at http://library.csun.edu/ GovernmentPublications.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

This service permits faculty, students and staff to obtain materials from other libraries that are needed for research, but are not available in the Oviatt Library. Our ILL resources are found within the CSUN Interlibrary Loan “network,” which includes the 22-campus CSU system, a host of reciprocal libraries and our document suppliers. Items can be ordered by using the automated online service. The office is located in Oviatt room 109, just west of the Reference Desk on the first floor. For complete information about the Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services, see our ILL websites at http://illiad.csun.edu/illiad/faq. html or http://library.csun.edu/Services/InterlibraryLoan.

Music and Media

The Music and Media Collection consists of more than 11,000 CDs and LPs, including jazz, international, classical and contemporary genres supported by 14,000 music scores and 18,000 books on music history and theory. It also contains more than 12,000 DVDs and videotapes, ranging from instructional programming to feature films. In addition, patrons have access to more than 5,000 videos online through Films on Demand. Music and Media supports the music, cinema and theater curricula at CSUN, and provides instructional media complementing many other disciplines. The Department holds the Library’s collection of music books and scores, plus instructional videos and DVDs, CDs, LPs and audio books. Most of the collection is available for checkout and patrons can view or listen to all material in the area’s media carrels or review room. Music and Media is located on the second floor, east wing and provides a welcoming environment for course study and research, or for simply relaxing and personal enjoyment in the lounge areas.

Online Catalog

The Library’s online catalog is accessible through the Library’s home page at http://library.csun.edu/ from on or off campus. Books, journals, articles and other materials can be looked up by author, title, subject heading or keyword. Periodicals can be looked up by title to determine Library holdings. In addition, the Library’s catalog can be accessed from any on- or off-campus computer connected to the Internet

Open Computer Labs and the Collaboratory

The Library provides a large number of computers for students to access and search a wide variety of electronic resources and databases. Our main open computer lab is the Collaboratory, located on the third floor in the east wing. Printing is available with debit cards. There are also laptop computers equipped with wireless Internet connections that also can be checked out. The Collaboratory’s hours correspond to the Library’s hours of operation. In addition to the Collaboratory, the Library operates an open student computer lab in Sierra Hall (SH) 392.

Reading and Study Areas

In addition to the general reading and study areas available on all floors, the Library also offers private study areas. Group study rooms and individual study rooms are located on floors 2, 3 and 4. Rules for their use and group size are posted in the rooms and are on the Library’s website at http://library.csun.edu/Services/StudyroomsLockers. Faculty and graduate student study rooms, located on the lower floor, west wing, are available on a day-to-day basis. Inquire at the Circulation Desk with any questions about availability.

Reference Services

The Oviatt Library maintains a reference collection of both online resources and print materials, providing patrons with factual information or directing them to further sources for that information, including but not limited to encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, directories, style manuals and bibliographies.

Electronic Reference materials can be accessed through the online catalog. Please see http://library.csun.edu/Collections/Reference for more information on how to find these materials. The website also includes a link to our frequently used online reference collections.

Print reference sources are indicated by “Reference room” or “Ref” in the location box in the online catalog. When the online catalog indicates “Reference room” as the location, the item will be found in the first floor Reference room. Many reference materials are shelved along with the regular collection on the upper floors of the Library but remain unavailable for checkout. Reference materials marked as “Stored” in the online catalog must be requested through the Library’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). Requests for stored items can be made directly through the online catalog or in person at the Oviatt Library’s Circulation Desk. Library reference materials are not allowed to circulate outside of the library.

Reference librarians staff the Reference Desk during most of the hours the Library is open. They provide a range of informational and instructional services, including assistance in finding specific facts and information for patrons; instructing patrons in the use of online databases and developing appropriate search strategies; and assisting students in selecting, locating and using materials to complete assignments.

Appointments may be made with subject specialist librarians for lengthier consultations on a topic or reference source. You can find your subject specialist and her/his phone number at http://library. csun.edu/About/SubjectSpecialists.

In addition, we provide reference assistance by telephone, text message and through our virtual chat service. To learn more about these options, go to http://library.csun.edu/ResearchAssistance/AskUs.

Reserves, Periodicals and Microform

Reserve materials are located primarily in Reserves, Periodicals and Microform (fourth floor, east wing). Music course reserves and multimedia reserves are located in Music and Media (second floor, east wing) and children’s literature reserves and education course reserves are located in the Teacher Curriculum Center (lower level, room 26). Reserve materials are listed by course number and instructor’s last name and can be searched by visiting http://library.csun.edu/CourseReserves/.

Titles of all magazines, journals, e-journals, serials and newspapers owned by the Library can be found through our Library online catalog at http://suncat.csun.edu/ (click on Periodical Title).

As of FY 2010-11, the Library has access to more than 50,000 full-text electronic journal, magazine and newspaper titles from the databases to which the Library subscribes. Information about accessing these titles can be found at http://suncat.csun.edu/screens/pertitle. html. To search for individual articles, use our Databases by Subject web page at http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/.

A reference librarian may also be consulted, or ask at the Reserves, Periodicals and Microform Service Desk, fourth floor, east wing, for more details. Current periodical and newspaper print titles are found in the Reserves, Periodicals and Microform room, fourth floor, east wing. Recent issues of magazines and journals are shelved in call number order.

Back issues of newspapers are retained for several months until they are discarded or until the microform subscription copies arrive. Retention length differs with each title. Print indexes to periodical articles, newspaper articles, reviews and other newsprint items are located in the Reference room of the Library. Computer indexes are available at most of the computer workstations located in various areas of the Library.

Older issues of magazines and journals are bound into volumes and are shelved on the fourth floor in call number order. Pre-1990 volumes of most journals are stored in the ASRS and may be retrieved, usually within 10 minutes. The Library’s online catalog will indicate if any years of a title are in the Microform Area. For a complete listing of the titles that are available electronically, check both the CSUN list of electronic periodicals at http://suncat.csun.edu/screens/pertitle.html and the Library catalog. Use the online catalog to request stored volumes. Stored periodicals will be delivered to the Reserves, Periodicals and Microform service desk, fourth floor, east wing. Please return the periodicals to the service desk.

Almost all microform titles are stored in the ASRS. Ask for assistance at the Reserves, Periodicals and Microform service desk.

Special Collections, University and Urban Archives

Special Collections and Archives provides opportunities for scholarly research and publication. Material is available for onsite research in the Oviatt Library, west wing, second floor. Photocopying is available upon request. However, some items cannot be copied due to copyright restrictions. The Library provides inventories, descriptive finding guides and related indexes to both cataloged and uncataloged collections. There are no browsing stacks. All Special Collections and Archives material, including material stored in the ASRS, must be requested through the Reading room, west wing, second floor. None of this material may circulate out of the Library. Scheduled hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Special Collections and Archives website is at http://library.csun.edu/Collections/SCA. Call (818) 677- 2832 for more information.

Teacher Curriculum Center

The Teacher Curriculum Center features a collection of pre-school through grade 12 curriculum-oriented materials. It is located on the lower level of the Oviatt Library building, room 26.

Included in the TCC collection are selected California state-adopted textbooks, the juvenile and young adult collection (Sharon Fogarty Young Readers’ Collection), CD-ROMs, educational games, curriculum guides, recordings, videotapes and DVDs. All are listed in the online catalog. These items must be checked out and returned directly to the TCC. Visit the TCC website at