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Borrowing, Renewing and Returning Materials

Returning Materials

If you need to return materials during our closure, please see our Returning Materials Page

If you have a Library hold on your account, you may need to Pay Library Fees for Late, Missing or Damaged Items


General circulating materials (excluding laptops and other electronic equipment) may be checked out at Guest Services, Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC), Music & Media.  Loan periods for most circulating items are as follows:

  • Students: 16 weeks (while registered or continuing students at CSUN)
  • Faculty and staff: 365 days (while employed at CSUN)

Loan periods for other items vary:

CSUN students, faculty and staff must always present a current CSUN I.D. card to check out materials.  

  • Undergraduates, Graduates and Staff may check out an unlimited amount of items from the main collection.  Other collections and areas may have other loan restrictions.  Each item from the main collection can be renewed once.
  • Students may not check out unbound periodicals.

See Faculty Borrowing Privileges for circulation policies applying to CSUN faculty.

Friends, Alumni, visitors and other courtesy card holders may have 10 items checked out at one time. Each item may be renewed once.

See Fees for Late, Missing or Damaged items for related fee information.

Reserve Materials

Course Reserve materials may be checked out at the following locations, as determined by the instructor:

  • Reserves, Periodicals and Microforms desk, fourth floor east
  • Music & Media, second floor east
  • Teacher Curriculum Center, garden level east

Reserve materials can only be renewed in person at the location where they were checked out.

Interlibrary Loan Materials

Interlibrary Loan materials may or may not be renewable. See the Interlibrary Loan FAQ page for more information.

Items requested through Interlibrary Loan are picked up and checked out at the Guest Services desk (1st floor).

Renewing Materials

You can renew circulating library-owned materials four ways:

  • Go to OneSearch and click Log In to log in to your library account and renew online
  • Email a renewal request using our online renewal form
  • Renew items by phone by calling (818) 677-4745 (available 24 hours a day)
  • Bring items to the Guest Services desk during regular library hours

Items may only be renewed within 5 days of the due date. Once you have renewed an item the maximum number of times, you must return it. Overdue books and books on hold for other users cannot be renewed.

Search-Hold Requests

A request to search for and/or put a hold on Library materials may be placed through the online catalog or at the Guest Services desk. After receipt of the item(s) a notification will be sent to you, and the located/recalled item(s) will be held for you for one week. Not all Library materials are subject to a hold. Holds on Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) items must be requested in person at the TCC services desk (Room 26).

E-mail Notification

The Oviatt Library now notifies patrons via e-mail when items are overdue and when search-hold requests become available. These e-mails are sent only to the patron's official CSUN e-mail address; please be sure to activate your official CSUN e-mail address and check your e-mail so that you can receive these notices. You may address any questions about e-mail notices to the Guest Services desk staff at (818) 677-2274.

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