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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.

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Borrowing Print Books and Physical Media

CSUN can request and have mailed physical books and media from the library’s circulating collections using the Request feature in OneSearch. Note that books and media on reserve are not available for mailing to students. Find instructions on our Borrowing Print Books and Physical Media by Mail page. Contact: or call (818) 677-2274 for more information.

Due Dates & Loan Periods

Books that are due on August 31 - September 1 were automatically renewed and are now due January 15, 2021

Books checked out starting August 24, 2020, including books borrowed from libraries via CSU+ will be due as follows:

  • Students: 16 weeks + one renewal (while registered or continuing students at CSUN)
  • Faculty and staff: 365 days + one renewal (while employed at CSUN or Emeritus)
  • CSU+ borrowing: 16 weeks
  • Courtesy Cardholders: currently unavailable
  • Circulating media collection: 60 days

Interlibrary Loan

CSUN students, faculty (including Emeritus), and staff can request electronic copies of journal articles and book chapters via Interlibrary Loan. Starting August 24th, for books or media that the library does not own, are on reserve, or non-circulating, they can be borrowed from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan and mailed to CSUN users. For materials borrowed from other CSUs (CSU+), allow 1 to 3 weeks to receive them, and they are loaned out for 16 weeks; if borrowed from other libraries, allow 3-4 weeks, and loan periods vary. Contact: or call (818) 677-2294.

Return/Renew Materials

Return checked out library books to one of the book drop bins located around 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

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

Library Laptops & Equipment

Library laptop and equipment checkouts are currently suspended. All items currently checked out are due Monday, August 31, 2020 and may be renewed to December 23, 2020, if eligible. Otherwise, devices must be returned to the CSUN Campus Store during the Campus Store Open Hours. Please see the CMS/LTS Renewal Guide for more information.

Device Loaner Program & Campus Computing

Services for Community Members

We invite members of the public to explore the Library's freely available Oviatt Library Digital Collections, open access scientific journals and masters theses, and electronic government documents. On-site public access to subscribed library databases will return when the Oviatt Library fully reopens. For public access to other online resources, we encourage you to visit Los Angeles Public Library or your local library. Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to offer book checkouts to our courtesy cardholders (Friends, Alumni Association, High Schools, etc.). We appreciate your patience and understanding.