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COMS 356: Finding Books

Sally Kassamanian

This guide has been archived and may have outdated information or broken links.

These videos will show you how to find books in the Oviatt Library. (Note - the firt two videos were created prior to a change in the library's website. The homepage looks a little different, but everything else is the same.)

Does the Library have this book?


What books does the Library have on my topic?


How to find books on the shelf

Placing Holds in the Library Catalog

  • You may place a hold on material that is currently checked out. Click the "Place a Hold" button.
  • When prompted, type in your CSUN User ID and Password. If you are not a CSUN student, faculty or staff member, type your name and 14-digit bar code from your valid CSUN photo ID in the area provided.
  • The library will hold the book at the Circulation Desk for 10 days following notification.
  • You may contact the Circulation staff at 818-677-2274 if you need additional support or information.

Can't Find the Book You Need Here?

  • Ask the Library to get the book you need via Interlibrary loan.
  • Check worldcat.org to see if any libraries nearby have the book if you need it immediately.
  • Remember, as a CSUN student you have borrowing privileges from any of the other CSU libraries.