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Celebrate Banned Books Week at the Oviatt!

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 11:40

Hello Matadors! September 24 through September 30 is Banned Books week. Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to choose what we read and draws attention to the harms of censorship. The Oviatt Library is acknowledging the importance of Banned Books Week with several activities.

There is a Banned Books display in the Learning Commons, first floor of the Library. All of the books within the display have been banned in some manner. Each book has been wrapped, (for suspense!) and at least one description has been given as to why the book was banned. Come take a look at the various reasons these books have been censored in different places around the country. All of these banned books can be checked out at the Guest Services Desk in our Library lobby. But no peeking before they are checked out and taken home to read!

The Library is also collaborating with the CSUN Journalism Department to bring you a Banned Books Readout on Monday, September 25 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room. Alex Gino, author of George, will be speaking, in addition to CSUN Professor Elizabeth Blakey, who is a First Amendment scholar. There will also be many journalism students reading passages from banned books. Pizza will be served and everyone is welcome. Please RSVP at http://library.csun.edu/banned-books-readout-2017. Happy Banned Books Week to all and enjoy your reading!

Find Out How the Oviatt’s New Noise Policies Work

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:14

To help all of you Matadors find a study environment with a noise level that is most conducive to your needs, the OVIATT LIBRARY has TWO NOISE POLICIES: QUIET and COLLABORATIVE, based on location, which are described as follows:


The following areas are zoned as collaborative noise spaces: 3rdFloor, 2nd Floor Core, Library Exhibit Gallery*, Group Study Rooms (Floors 1 – 4), Learning Commons*, 1st Floor (all areas), Ferman Presentation Room*

*noise level may vary due to service desks and occasional events

  • Please be considerate of others and use a conversational “indoor” tone of voice.
  • No party atmosphere, yelling, or shouting.
  • Cell phone ringer set to vibrate.
  • Use headphones with personal media


The following areas are zoned as quiet noise spaces: 4th Floor, RPM (Reserves, Periodicals, and Microforms), Music & Media, Gohstand Reading Room, and Graduate Study Rooms

*noise levels will vary near corridors, service desks, or due to occasional library sponsored events / presentations in adjacent areas.

  • Quiet places for individual study.
  • Cell phone ringers set to silent or off.
  • Headphones set to low volume.
  • Reasonable non-verbal noise OK.

Overall Noise Policy

Please keep in mind that the Library Wing areas on all floors may have varying noise policies of their own. Anyone transitioning to and from the wings should be mindful and keep noise levels to a minimum.

To help contain noise, please keep group study room doors closed while in use. All noise should be kept to a minimum when transitioning in and out of study rooms, in all Library corridors and hallways, and when moving between levels.

In general, we encourage patrons to be respectful of other Library guests at all times.

To report a disturbance, please text Guest Services at (818) 900-2965, or call (818) 677-2274

Check Out How to Find Books in OneSearch

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:53

How to Find Books: Infographic Text

Search for books using OneSearch. You type in the title/author or keywords when you are searching for books on a topic.

Use the limiters on the left side to narrow down your search.

Available Online at CSUN = eBooks

Available at CSUN = Books

Limit resource type – books = books & ebooks

Click on the title to view the status and Map it feature

Click on the icons to get the items citation info, email info to yourself, or pin to your favorites.

Pro Tip: Write down the floor, stack and call #’s.

Ovaitt Main Floor3 is the items location and floor

ND1329.K33A42007 is the items call #

Item in place is the status and will show if them is in place to checkout, due date if item checked out or needs to be requested from storage.

Check out this video to learn how to find a book on the shelf!

Jamie Johnson



Find Out How to Reserve a Study Room

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:07

Hey Matadors! Learn how to reserve group study rooms by watching this video!

Jamie Johnson


CSU+ Resource Sharing

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 13:06

CSU+ is a new resource-sharing system that allows students, faculty, and staff to request books from any of the 23 California State University libraries and have them delivered to their home campus within 3-5 days. Watch the following video to learn more about CSU+ and how to request items!

Jamie Johnson


What is OneSearch?

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:06

OneSearch is the Oviatt library’s searching tool to locate book, ebooks, articles, videos and more provided by the Library. OneSearch has been adopted by all 23 CSU libraries giving the CSU system a shared platform to collaborate and share resources.

What am I searching with OneSearch? 

By default, with OneSearch you are searching the following Oviatt Library collections together:

  • Articles – A interdisciplinary collection of millions of articles from numerous databases and providers.
  • Books and Media (CSUN) – Books, ebooks, DVDs, music, streaming media and more available through the Oviatt library. This also includes material located in the Teachers Curriculum Center, Music & Media and Special Collections & Archives.

Additionally the following collections are not included in the default search, but can be selected by the user:

  • Course Reserves – Course materials placed in the library by professors and available for short term checkout.
  • All CSU Libraries (CSU+) – Includes the books and media collections of all 23 campus libraries together.

Watch the following video to learn some new features in OneSearch and searching for scholarly material.

If you would like more information, please visit this OneSearch Search Tips guide.

Jamie Johnson

Check Out These Tips for Finding Textbooks for Your Classes

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 13:01

Hey Matadors, welcome to CSUN!

It’s the first week of classes and although all of your professors are expecting you to show up to the first day of classes with ALL of your textbooks, we know that’s not always the case. We also know how insanely expensive textbooks are. Don’t worry, stay calm, it will be OK, the Oviatt library can help!

First, there is the library, all of our resources are free to you and there are several ways you can look for books. Second, there is the Matador bookstore, they will have all your required texts, including used books, electronic versions and even a rental program.

Library Resources

  • Course Reserves are course materials that have been set aside for your course to be checked out 2 or 4 hours at a time. Search course reserves from the library’s homepage. Check out the video below to learn more.


Trying to find out what textbooks you need to purchase?



Textbook Infographic Image text:

How to find your textbooks in 3 easy steps

Log-in to your Portal
Go to the Academics Tab
In the My Current Classes Box click on Buy or rent Fall Semester 2017 textbooks online.
This will bring you to a list of all your textbooks.

Good luck with your first day of classes and welcome to CSUN!

More OneSearch FAQs!

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 15:06

The Library website offers a new and improved version of OneSearch. You will be able to search for books, e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more. The following are several FAQs about using the new OneSearch.

Q: Once I find an article in OneSearch, how do I get it?

A: Select the “Full text available” link for the article.

Next, select one of the database links which will take you to the database that carries the full text of the article.

Q: Once I find a print book in OneSearch, how to I get it?

A: Select the title of the book in your result list. The next screen will provide you with the floor location and call number for the book. There will also be a “Map it” link that, if selected, will provide you with the stack number of the book’s location.

To access e-book titles, select the “Online access” link for the title of the e-book in your result list.

On the next screen, select one of the e-book links to access the e-book online.

Q: What if I want to search individual databases to find articles instead of using OneSearch?

A: You can still access individual databases from the Library homepage by selecting “Databases by Subject” or “Databases A-Z.”


New OneSearch, New Search Tips

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:40

Hello Matadors!

The Library website now offers a new and improved version of OneSearch. You will be able to search for books, e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more. The following are several FAQs about using the new OneSearch. These and other OneSearch FAQs will be posted to this blog during the coming months.

Q: What are the benefits of the new OneSearch?

A: There are many benefits to this new search tool. The new OneSearch offers an improved interface; the ability to request books easily and quickly from other CSU campuses; and longer borrowing periods.

Q: How do I look for books in the new OneSearch?

A: Enter the title of your book in OneSearch. Submit search. Look for the “Book” or “Electronic Book” results within the results list. Or, if you do not know the title of the book you are searching for, enter your search terms in OneSearch and submit search. Narrow the results list to books by selecting “Books” or “eBooks” under the Resource Type heading in the left column as illustrated below.

Q: How do I look for articles in the new OneSearch?

A: Enter the title of your article in OneSearch. Submit search. Look for the title listed as an “Article” within the results list. Or, if you do not know the title of the article you are searching for, enter your search terms in OneSearch and submit search. Narrow the results list to articles by selecting “Articles” under the Resource Type in the left column as illustrated below.

Q: Where do I find the Library catalog?

A: The information in the Library catalog has been incorporated into the Library’s new OneSearch. You can use the Advanced Search in OneSearch to access similar search features of the former catalog.