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Renovations @ the Oviatt

Elevator Modernization Project

The Oviatt Library is excited to announce that we are modernizing our elevators in the library core, in order to better serve the needs of our Library guests. Physical Plant Management plans to modernize the two elevators located in the core of the Library beginning Monday, November 2, 2015.

Read More about our Elevator Modernization Project.

Special Collections & Archives Construction

What's coming on the second floor?Artist's Sketch of the New Special Collections Space

  • A new, environmentally controlled, secure closed stacks area, which will contain rare books, artifacts, and archival collections for Special Collections and Archives.
  • A new public research area (Special Collections and Archives Reading Room), which will be available for students, faculty, and staff of CSUN, and any others who need to use our collections for their research.

What is the impact during construction?

  • The area will be walled off and will not be accessible to the public during construction. We ask that Library users move to the upper floors and the East side of the building to avoid construction-related noise and dust. Updates on the construction will be given at the Oviatt Library’s website on this page.

Will Special Collections & Archives be open?

During the renovation, normal operations will continue in the current Special Collections and Archives department in the West wing.  Researchers should check with the department for possible temporary short term closures at (818) 677-2832 or

When will the project be finished?

The project is slated for completion mid-Fall semester 2015.

What about the study carrels on the 2nd Floor?

The study carrels will be moved to another location in the Oviatt Library.

Past Projects

The opening of the Learning Commons in August 2013 marked the achievement of the first in a number of initiatives that will change the face of our facility and our services. Please check this page often for news about our ongoing and upcoming renovation projects.

Introducing the Creative Media Studio

The Oviatt Library continues to expand and improve upon our spaces throughout 2014. Thanks to the Campus Quality Fee, the former Friends of the Library Bookstore was converted into the new state-of-the-art Creative Media Studio (CMS). The Creative Media Studio features a wide variety of equipment, software (such as Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop), resources and support. The CMS is equipped with iMac workstations, a soundproof recording studio, video and audio recording devices, headphones, a scanner and more. Be sure to check out our wonderful creative space.

Keep an eye out here for updates to our progress of making the Library a more comfortable, technological, and social space!  Meanwhile, check out our galleryfrequently asked questions (FAQ), and of course if you have any questions/concerns for us, please feel free to give us your feedback.

Robert and Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room

Refurbishment of the Robert and Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room was completed Fall 2013.  Located in the West Wing, second floor, this comfortable, quiet space is outfitted with modern furniture to accommodate readers seeking a break from research to escape into a good book. Development of the Reading Room collection is ongoing, and a formal dedication of the room is planned for October 2014.

Gohstand Reading Room furniture