September 25, 2000 Vol. V, No. 3

CSUN to Celebrate Opening of Restored Oviatt Library

Completion of $22 Million Project Means Restored Space, Improved Facilities and New Exterior Features

Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan will join President Jolene Koester and other Cal State Northridge officials on Tuesday, September 26, to celebrate the opening of the university's restored Oviatt Library(right).

The festivities will begin at 12:15 p.m. on the library's lawn and feature a flyover by Army National Guard pilots. The event will include the dedication of the library's newly rebuilt East and West Wings.

"It's a great day for our campus," said Library Dean Susan Curzon. "It's the culmination of a dream, coming back from the devastation of the earthquake even better than we were before."

Curzon said it is especially appropriate for the Army National Guard to join in the celebration. "They were here right after the earthquake helping us and the community," she said. "It's only right that they be back to help us celebrate the library's reopening."

The 1994 Northridge earthquake devastated the Oviatt Library, considered the heart and soul of the university. The 6.8 temblor severely damaged the building, and ultimately forced the demolition of the library's original East and West Wings.

Since then, the library has undergone a $22 million facelift, including the complete reconstruction of new east and west library wings that reopened with the start of the fall 2000 semester.

The university also took advantage of the reconstruction to make some high-tech additions to the library and to reorganize it. The new library includes a collaboratory equipped with 150 personal computers for student use that can handle electronic information searches, e-mail and office applications.

There also is a Teacher Curriculum Center housing materials of interest to teachers and student teachers, including state-adopted textbooks, curriculum guides, software programs, educational games, recordings and sound filmstrips.

New study areas for faculty and graduate and undergraduate students have been added and redesigned to accommodate different sized groups.

In addition to the organizational changes, the library has taken on some new looks, with an oak and brass staircase in the west wing and the construction of a grand outdoor staircase leading to the library entrance, along with adjoining terracing of the Oviatt Lawn.

The Oviatt Library houses more than one million volumes and utilizes a state-of-the-art automated book retrieval system. The Oviatt Library also serves as the main research facility for the San Fernando Valley.


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