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Collections Overview

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 50,944 online journals, nearly 2,300 print journals, over 200 online databases and 277,361 e-books. The microform collection contains 3.2 million pieces. There are nearly 14,000 sound recordings, over 19,000 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.

Supplementing our physical collection, especially for periodicals, but increasingly for books as well, is an array of electronic databases providing access to indexing and in many cases texts on a 24/7 basis from on or off campus.

Most of our periodicals before 1990 and approximately half of our books are housed in an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) within the Library. Retrieval of these items can be requested in our Catalog, and delivery is typically within ten minutes of the request.

In general, books are shelved on the second, third, and fourth floors of the Library, with periodicals and microforms on the fourth floor. Additional locations are listed here: http://library.csun.edu/FindResources/LocationCodes The links to the left lead to descriptions of our specialized collections and service points.

Library Statistics (Collections and Annual Activity)