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For the Fall 2021 semester, in-person research services are available in Special Collections on a limited basis. We will continue providing remote reference and duplication services:

  • Librarians and archivists in Special Collections & Archives are available to consult with students, faculty, and other researchers interested in using collection materials via email, phone, or zoom. If you are interested in accessing collection materials email us at asksca@csun.edu or submit an inquiry online.
  • Students, faculty, and other researchers can \ access to materials in Special Collections and Archives by requesting duplications


Special Collections & Archives is the home of CSUN's rare book and periodical collections, as well as its archival and manuscript collections. Archival and manuscript collections can consist of many different kinds of materials, including correspondence, diaries, maps, university records, organizational records, photographs, and audio or video recordings.

In Special Collections & Archives users can perform research, engage in classes using primary sources, or view exhibitions. Our collections are made available to researchers in a supervised reading room. We welcome users, and ask for understanding concerning our special procedures, which are designed to ensure these collections are available in the future.

Take a Peek in the Stacks

collection highlights

CSUN’s All-American candidate Nery Watson, 1973. Intercollegiate Athletics Records

California State University, Northridge began its life as the San Fernando Valley campus of Los Angeles State College in 1956. Two years later the campus gained its independence as San Fernando Valley State College, often called VSC or Valley State.....

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Roman type S using geometry, Z250 .G65 1982

Special Collections and Archives has lot of books on the topic of typography only a few of which are highlighted here. Today, Word, Photoshop, and other programs and websites offer hundreds, if not thousands, of letter designs and type at different fonts......

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