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Computers, Laptops and iPads

Desktop Computers

The Oviatt Library provides access to computers throughout the building in support of research and learning at California State University, Northridge. Most workstations are restricted to current CSUN student, faculty and staff. Visitor stations are located in the "core" area near the escalators on the second, third and fourth floors. However priority is given to students, faculty & staff, and those using U.S. and California Government Depository materials when there are no other work stations available.


  • Learning Commons (main floor, core): 52 Windows 7 Desktop PCs, 16 iMacs
  • Learning Commons, West (main floor, west wing): 20 Windows 7 Desktop PCs
  • Library Instruction Labs A, B, C (main floor, core and west wing): 96 Windows 7 Desktop PCs; available for individual student use whenever a class is not being held.
  • Sierra Hall 392: 40 Windows 7 Desktop PCs, for individual student use only
  • Reserves, Periodicals & Microform (fourth floor, east wing).
  • Music & Media (second floor, east wing). 
  • Visitor stations located in the "core" area near the escalators on the second, third and fourth floors now require users to login using a CSUN User ID or temporary PIN, which can be obtained at the Guest Services/Checkout Desk. Read more about Computer Access for Visitors.


68 Windows 7 laptops and 12 Macbook Pros are available for check out at the Learning Commons Technology office


40 iPads are available for checkout at the Learning Commons Technology office

Wireless Access

Wireless access to the campus network, and the Internet, is available throughout the building. See instructions on how to connect.


Printing is available in Learning Commons Main, Learning Commons West, Sierra Hall 392, and Reserves, Periodicals & Microform, and requires the use of a debit card. Debit cards may be purchased for cash from vending machines in the Learning Commons and Reserves, Periodicals and Microform.  Change is available from the Fines Window at Guest Services in the lobby.

Use of Library computers, laptops and tablets is subject to the University Policy for Use of Computing Resources