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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 at the Library’s home page.

Oviatt Library Resources

The Oviatt Library has a physical collection containing 1.4 million volumes. The Library subscribes to 46,150 online journals, nearly 1,600 print journals, over 200 online databases and nearly 164,000 eBooks. There are over 14,200 sound recordings, 13,500 film and video recordings. The archives and manuscript collection exceeds 4,400 linear feet of materials, with nearly 37,300 items housed in Special Collections. The main open-stack collection is comprised of about 700,000 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 (AS/RS). Stored items may be requested at any online terminal in the Library or at the Circulation Desk and retrieved from the AS/RS in approximately 10 minutes.

Assistive Technology Workstations

Specially equipped computer workstations are located throughout the Library for individuals with disabilities. Four assistive technology equipped study rooms are located on the 1st floor, west wing. Please check in with the Disability Resources and Educational Services. Office of Students with Disabilities Resources (SDR), 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 is also where fines are paid and photo ID cards can be issued. Most items ordered from automated storage (AS/RS) 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 governments of the United States and the State of California. (Note: Some documents are issued to us only in an 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 Visit the Library Website.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

This service permits faculty, students and staff to obtain materials from other libraries, which 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 other 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 1st floor. For complete information about the Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services Visit the ILL Websites.

Music and Media

The music collection on the 2nd floor, east wing contains more than 15,450 scores, 16,000 books on music and 14,200 sound recordings (on CD, audio cassettes and LPs). Most of these materials circulate out of the library. The Instructional Media Collection contains over 13,500 videotapes and DVDs that are available to be reserved by professors for classroom use or viewed by students in the library. In addition, a general circulating media collection contains over 1,000 additional videotapes and DVDs, plus audio books, art prints and slides. Video programs may be transmitted from the Library to campus classrooms using the University Video Network (UVN) and professors may place music and media materials on reserve for class assignments. The area provides 19 AV carrels for viewing and listening assignments, a specialized CD player for visually impaired students, and a screening room for small group viewing.

Online Catalog

The Library’s online catalog is accessible by using computer terminals and workstations located throughout the Library. Books and other materials can be looked up by author, title, subject heading, keyword or call number. 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 through the Library’s Home Page Visit the Library Website.

Open Computer Labs and the Collaboratory

The Library provides a large number of computer workstations 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 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 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 web pages at: Faculty and Graduate Student Study Rooms, located on the lower floor, west wing, are available on a day-to-day basis. Individual study rooms are also located on floors 2, 3 and 4. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for any questions about availability.

Reference Services

Reference Librarians staff the Reference Desk during most of the hours the Library is open. They provide a range of informational and instructional services to assist students in selecting, locating, and using materials to complete assignments. The Library maintains a large collection of reference materials and online databases. These materials include such resources as encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, directories, style manuals, and bibliographies: Visit the Library Reference Website.

These are located primarily on the main floor, core area or can be found online through the Library website. You may contact a reference librarian by phone, email or live chat reference on the web Visit the Library Research Assistance Website.

Reserves, Periodicals and Microform

The main location where Library-owned resources or instructors’ personal copies may be placed on reserve for student use is the Reserves, Periodicals and Microform area of the fourth floor. Others are in the Music and Media area on the second floor and in the Teacher Curriculum Center, OV 26, on the lower level. Most resources are available on a limited loan basis. Many reserve resources are also available online.

The Library subscribes to over 46,000 electronic journals, magazine and newspaper titles. They are available online. Our current print periodicals, newspapers and serials are found in the Reserves, Periodicals & Microform room, 4th floor, east wing. Recent issues of magazines and journals are shelved in call number order. Back issues of newspapers are retained for several months before they are discarded or the microform subscription copies arrive. Most older issues of magazines and journals are bound into volumes and are shelved on the 4th floor in call number order. Some older issues can also be found on microform stored in the Reserves, Periodicals & Microform room. Microform printers and readers are available. Pre-1990 volumes of most journals are stored in the AS/RS, and may be retrieved at the Reserves, Periodicals & Microform Service Desk.

Special Collections, University and Urban Archives

Special Collection and Archives materials are available for onsite research in the Oviatt Library, Room 265, 2nd floor, west wing. None of these resources may circulate out of the Library. Many items have been cataloged and are represented in the online catalog. Inventories of cataloged and uncataloged materials are available in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room on the 2nd floor, west wing and on the web site. In addition, digital collections and projects can be viewed online. Scheduled hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (818) 677-2832 for assistance or Visit the Library Collections Website.

Teacher Curriculum Center

The Library’s Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) features a collection of K-12 teacher-oriented materials. It is located on the lower level of the Oviatt Library in room 26. However, you must enter the TCC by the stairway in the back of the first floor Reference Room, east of the Reference Desk. Patrons with disabilities may use the elevator in the east wing to get into the TCC or gain entrance from the ground level (Oviatt Lower Level) by pushing the call buzzer next to the Room 26 door. Included in the TCC collection are state-adopted textbooks, CD-ROMs, educational games, curriculum guides and recordings. Individual non-CSU library users may secure borrowing privileges by purchasing a TCC Community User Card.