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Books by Mail Temporarily Unavailable starting November 25

Due to CSUN’s return to virtual learning and requirement for staff to work remotely from Monday, November 25 thru the end of December, the Library will need to temporarily suspend its books by mail service, including borrowing and mailing books from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan and CSU+. Books that are due in December or earlier should be held instead of returned to book drops at this time. Books that were already deposited into book drop bins will be checked in when staff can return to work on campus. No overdue notices will be issued during this time, except for items overdue prior to August 2020. For books due January 15th or laptops/equipment due 12/23, users will be notified by email about what to do with these materials.

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Electronic Resources

Start with OneSearch to access millions electronic books/textbooks, journal/periodical articles, media titles, and other resources. We also have over 300 specialized databases, including streaming mediaDigital Collections, and our ScholarWorks Open Access Repository to help with your virtual library research needs.

Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources

See Accessing Library Resources from Off-Campus for help and report problems accessing online library resources.

Books/Textbooks/Media for Course Reserves

While the Library is currently unable to provide in-person access to our course reserves collection of print textbooks and books or in-person viewing of DVDs/VHS, faculty and students have other options while the Library is closed. Note that books and media on reserve are not available for mailing to students. Please see the Course Reserves During Closure FAQ for more information.

Research Help

Borrowing Print Books and Physical Media (currently suspended through December)

Contact: or call (818) 677-2274 for more information.

Due Dates

Users will be notified by email of any automatic extensions of due dates resulting from the campus’ return to virtual instruction.

Interlibrary Loan (online articles only; ILL for print currently suspended)

CSUN students, faculty (including Emeritus), and staff can request electronic copies of journal articles and book chapters via Interlibrary Loan. Contact: or call (818) 677-2294 for more information

Return/Renew Books

Currently checked out books and oversized materials should be held by users instead of returned to book drop bins or to the Campus Store at this time. Books that were already deposited into book drop bins or returned to the Campus Store will be checked in when library staff are able to return to campus. Currently checked out materials may also be renewed. Contact: or call (818) 677-2274 for more information.

Access to Special Collections & Archives and the Map Collection (duplication requests currently suspended)

During the Library’s closure, access to these non-circulating collections is provided on a limited basis via digitized collections. See the webpages for Special Collections & Archives and the Map Collection for more information.

Library Laptops & Equipment

Library laptop/tablet device and multimedia equipment check outs are currently suspended. Any items renewed through the online CMS/LTS Renewal Guide process are and currently due Wednesday, December 23, 2020 will be automatically renewed to Friday, January 22, 2021.

Device Loaner Program & Campus Computing

Services for Community Members

While the Library remains closed, we invite members of the public to explore the Library's OneSearch system to find “open access” electronic resources, Oviatt Library Digital Collections, ScholarWorks Open Access Repository (SOAR) of scholarship created by the CSUN community, and electronic government documents. On-site public access to subscribed electronic books, articles, and media will return when the Oviatt Library fully reopens. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to offer book checkouts to our courtesy cardholders (Alumni Association, Friends of the Library, high schools, etc.). For public access to online resources, if you are a Los Angeles resident, we encourage you to also visit the Los Angeles Public Library website to access their extensive online collections of electronic books, articles, streaming media, and more; they also offer curbside pickup for their books. Similar services might be offered by your local library if you are not a Los Angeles resident. We appreciate your patience and understanding.