Policies

Borrowing & Renewal Rules

Circulating materials may be checked out at Guest Services in the first floor lobby. The loan period for most borrowers is two weeks. CSUN students, faculty and staff must always present a current CSUN I.D. card to check out materials.

  • Undergraduates may check out 20 items at one time for 2 weeks; each item may be renewed a maximum of 3 times.
  • Graduate students (both doctoral and masters) may check out 30 items at one time for 4 weeks; each item may be renewed a maximum of 5 times.
  • Students may not check out periodicals.
  • Staff may check out 30 items at one time for 2 weeks; each item may be renewed a maximum of 5 times.

See Faculty Borrowing Privileges for circulation policies applying to CSUN faculty.

Friends, Alumni, visitors and other courtesy card holders may have 10 items checked out at one time. Each item may be renewed once.

Noise

To help guests find a study environment with a noise level that is most conducive to their needs, the OVIATT LIBRARY CORE is divided by LEVELS into 3 DISTINCT ZONES.

Social Level

Social Level IconThe TEACHER CURRICULUM CENTER (TCC) on the GARDEN LEVEL, the 1st FLOOR LEARNING COMMONS, and the 2nd FLOOR CORE are designated SOCIAL LEVELS.

These floors will have varying noise levels due to group study, transactions at service desks, classes, Library tours and activities in computer labs, etc.

Quiet Level

Quiet Level IconThe 3rd FLOOR CORE is designated as a QUIET LEVEL.

This floor is reserved for individual or small group study requiring minimal and/or intermittent, quiet conversation. Guests on this floor may listen to music using personal headsets as long as it is not audible to nearby patrons.

Silent Level

Silent Level IconThe 4th FLOOR CORE is designated as a SILENT LEVEL.

This floor is reserved for individual, silent study; absolutely no talking, noise, or disruptions of any kind.

Overall Noise Policy

Please keep in mind that the Library Wing areas on all floors may have varying noise policies of their own. Anyone transitioning to and from the wings should be mindful and keep noise levels to a minimum.

To help contain noise, please keep group study room doors closed while in use. All noise should be kept to a minimum when transitioning in and out of study rooms, in all Library corridors and hallways, and when moving between levels.

In general, we encourage patrons to be respectful of other Library guests at all times.

To report a disturbance, please text Guest Services at (818) 900-2965, or call (818) 677-2274

Cell Phone Use

In order to provide a quiet place to work and study, the Library building has designated certain rules related to cell phone usage. We appreciate everyone's cooperation by adhering to the following procedures:

  • ALL CELL PHONES SHOULD BE SET TO SILENT OR VIBRATE BEFORE ENTERING THE LIBRARY.
  • Before making or receiving phone calls, Library guests should move to one of the designated SOCIAL LEVELS, into a STAIRWELL, or LEAVE THE BUILDING.
  • Please remember to keep valuables with you at all times.

Photography & Filming

For spontaneous, casual video recording and photography in the Library, patrons must get permission from Library Administration or from the people being photographed/recorded.  For class assignments that require videotaping or photography, and for larger noncommercial projects, patrons must get permission from the Library Administration by submitting the Student Film Request Form. To obtain permission for commercial projects, please contact University Licensing

Food, Beverages & Tobacco

Non-alcoholic drinks in secure lidded containers and small snacks are permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room. Please clean up after yourself by using the trashcans and cleaning up any spills. Use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted in the Library. In addition, state law prohibits the use of any tobacco products in the Library. Persons not complying with these rules may be asked to leave.

Security

The Oviatt Library is a public place and as such is open to the Campus Community and to the general public. We recommend that students familiarize themselves with security and safety information on the campus. While in the Library, please do not leave your belongings such as laptops, purses, backpacks and other valuables unattended, even for a minute.

The Oviatt Library is not responsible for stolen items. However, if you find that a theft has occurred, please go to Guest Services in the Lobby on the first floor. Library staff can assist you in calling Campus Police. We recommend that students read the brochure "Staying Safe on Campus" (PDF).