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Oviatt Library:Your Portal to Academic Success [Handout for New Faculty Retreat 2006)

The California State University, Northridge's Oviatt Library provides educational, cultural and information services and resources to the students and faculty.  Its primary mission is to support and supplement classroom and independent learning; facilitate student and faculty research; and provide students with lifelong skills in identifying, locating, evaluating and synchronizing information.

Oviatt Library Homepage at

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All library materials are housed in the Delmar T. Oviatt Library, a 234,712 square foot state-of-the-art facility. [The following statistics reflect statistics and services for 2006.]  Of note are the Collaboratory with its 170 multipurpose computer workstations, 3 computer equipped library instruction labs, and 120 computers workstations devoted to library information resources.  There are over 1600 seats for in house study.  During Fall and Spring semesters, the building is open 90 hours a week.  The Library maintains its own server and web pages providing access to electronic information 24 hours a day. The Oviatt Library has a physical collection containing 1.3 million volumes, of which over one million are books, and over 240,000 bound periodical volumes. The Library subscribes to 20,000 online journals, 2100 print journals, 200 online databases and 11,000 ebooks. The microform collection contains 3.1 million pieces. There are over 10,000 sound recordings, 9200 film and video recordings and nearly 60,000 pictures and other graphic materials. The archives and manuscript collection exceeds 7000 linear feet of materials.

The Library is heavily used with 8.2 million uses of its web pages annually, a gate count of 1.3 million annually and over half a million interactions per year with Library personnel.

The following URLs are recommended as a follow through for the 2006 Faculty Retreat presentation: The New Oviatt Library Website:Your Portal to Academic Sucess

18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge CA 91330 (818) 677-2285