Library History and Facts

Oviatt Library

The California State University, Northridge's Oviatt Library provides educational, cultural and information services and resources to the students and faculty. Its primary mission is to support and supplement classroom and independent learning; facilitate student and faculty research; and provide students with lifelong skills in identifying, locating, evaluating and synchronizing information.

All library materials are housed in the Delmar T. Oviatt Library, a 234,712 square foot state-of-the-art facility. Of note are 3 computer-equipped library instruction labs with a total of 100 computers, and 150 computer workstations, in various library locations, devoted to library information resources. There are over 2,400 seats for in house study. During Fall and Spring semesters, the building is open 85 hours a week. The Library maintains and provides access to electronic information 24 hours a day.

The Oviatt Library has a physical collection containing 1.4 million volumes, of which over 1.1 million are books, and over 250,000 bound periodical volumes. The Library subscribes to 53,000 online journals, over 2,300 print journals, over 200 online databases and nearly 275,000 ebooks. The microform collection contains 3.17 million pieces. There are over 14,200 sound recordings, 12,700 film and video recordings and nearly 60,000 pictures and other graphic materials. The archives and manuscript collection exceeds 4,200 linear feet of materials, with nearly 38,500 items housed in Special Collections.

The Library is heavily used with 13 million uses of its web pages annually, a gate count of nearly 1.6 million annually, and over 150,000 reference questions answered per year by librarians.