Open Access Computer Labs

The Library manages two open access computer labs: Sierra Hall 392 and the Library's Reference Room Lab. Lab Consultants are on duty at all times to provide help with using the hardware and software provided in the Labs.  Call 818-677-6304 for assistance.

The use of these labs is restricted to current CSUN students, faculty & staff, and is subject to the University Policy for Use of Computing Resources.

Summer 2013

Due to construction of the Learning Commons (opening Fall 2013), the Library computer labs are on a special schedule this summer:

  • Instructional Computer Labs A, B, and C on the Main Floor will remain available for student use unless they are being used for library instruction
  • Systems will still be available for use in Reserves, Periodicals and Microform (4th Floor, East) and Music & Media (2nd Floor, East) as well as the “visitor” stations in the Core, floors 2-4.
  • Printers will be located in Labs A and C during construction.
  • Starting the week of May 20, computers will be removed from the Reference Room and will be unavailable throughout the summer.

The Sierra Hall Lab will be closed temporarily May 20-31.  Starting June 3, the Sierra lab will be open throughout the summer as follows:

  • Mon-Thurs 8:00am-7:00pm. 
  • Fri 8:00am-5:00pm

The Collaboratory computer lab has closed to make way for the Learning Resources Center, which will be relocating to the 3rd Floor, East Wing, just before the beginning of Fall Semester.

Sierra Hall 392

  • Location
    Sierra Hall, room 392.
  • Workstation Hardware
    40 Core2Duo systems.
    All systems have 2GB memory, a floppy and CD ROM drive and a 17" LCD monitor.
  • Software
    Software available includes MS Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Front Page); MS Internet Explorer (v8.0); SPSS* (statistical package); FTP, telnet & SSH; Symantec Endpoint Anti-Virus; Second Life*; Dreamweaver*; and various other utilities. Access is available to all of the Library's Research Resources, and to WebMail.
    *Lab Consultants cannot assist with these software packages.
  • Printing
    Printing requires the use of a debit card which may be purchased in the Lab, or at several locations in the Library.
  • Hours of operation
    • Mon - Thu: 7am-8pm
    • Fri: 7am-5pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed

Questions about the Labs?

The Library Student Computing Service desk may be reached by phone: (818) 677-6304

-OR- you may send an email to:

Joe Parham, Student Computing Supervisor joe.parham@csun.edu