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What’s New: Pave the Way – Secure Your Legacy at CSUN

Spring 2024

You can mark your legacy within the CSUN community by having your name or message engraved on a paving stone in the South Portico.Your contribution will support innovative Library programs along with funds for the Alumni Association Student Scholarships fund, and create a lasting tribute for both current and future generations of the CSUN Community. By being an inaugural donor to this initiative you are acknowledging the central role of the University Library in nurturing student achievement over the past five decades and leaving a lasting legacy in tribute to this landmark institution.

Trees, planters, and new pavers at the CSUN University Library

What's New - Portico Project: Paving the Way to a Grand Transformation

Fall 2023

The iconic University Library at California State University, Northridge is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It sits in the center of campus and the Library’s Mission, Vision and Values describe it as “the intellectual heart of the CSUN campus.” Learn more about our Portico Project and how the Library is improving every day!

Interactive display study room, featuring two tables with four chairs each.

What’s New: Interactive Group Study Rooms

Spring 2023

New technology is blooming in the Library this spring! Two new interactive group study rooms, each equipped with a 75-inch ViewSonic touch-screen 4k display, allow students to collaborate in many ways. The display features 20-point touch to allow multiple users to write or draw on the display with a stylus. The slot-in PC gives students the ability to log in to access web browsing and the webcam can be used for Zoom meetings. Screen mirroring using Ditto lets users mirror up to four personal devices to the display, with a handy user guide included.

Student workers at the Guest Services desk at CSUN's University Library

What's New: Mergers and Moves and Renos, Oh My!

Fall 2022

In response to the University Library’s Mission, which emphasizes user-focused services and innovative physical spaces in support of student success, faculty scholarship, staff resource needs, and the greater CSUN community, projects to consolidate public services, simplify access to collections, and renovations to expand collaborative and quiet study spaces were recently completed or are nearing completion.

Panel of pictures of interviewees - Black Power Archives

What’s New: Bradley Center Black Power Archives Oral History Project

Spring 2022

Dynamically produced by the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at California State University, Northridge, the Black Power Archives Oral History Project documents the experiences of Black Power activists in Los Angeles through candid, revealing interviews.

With a dedicated Black Power Archives web page and YouTube channel, oral history interviews conducted by CSUN Africana Studies Dr. Karin Stanford and University Library archivist/historian Keith Rice are a purpose-driven showcase of personal experiences from passionate activists and freedom fighters in the Black Power movement.

Daily Sundial November 5, 1968

What's New: Campus Unrest Process Committee Recordings Collection

Fall 2021

Contributed by David Morck

Since the days when CSUN was known as San Fernando Valley State College, the campus has been the birthplace of political movements and protest pushing toward a culture of inclusiveness and social justice for students, staff and faculty. One early flashpoint in the struggle for racial equity at CSUN has come to be known as the "November 4th Incident." Its aftermath led to the creation of new cultural studies departments, and in more recent days, to the renaming of the Oviatt Library to the University Library.

Crane on Aisle 5 with New Vertical & Horizontal Motor, Resistors, and Optical Modem

What's New: The Hidden Treasure of the AS/RS

Spring 2021

The AS/RS, an electronic bin-based storage and retrieval system, was installed in the Library as part of a building expansion in 1989. First of its kind, the AS/RS occupies a 3-story section of the Library’s east wing, and contains 13,260 steel bins moved around 6 aisles by computer-driven warehouse-style cranes.

But more than books are stored in AS/RS: a substantial number of the 800,000 items from the main collection are periodicals frequently requested by patrons at other libraries through InterLibrary Loan. Additionally, 30,000 valuable Special Collections & Archives items are kept in dedicated bins.

Scrabble tiles -- my quarantine

What's New: Documenting COVID-19 at CSUN

Fall 2020

As of October 2020, the CSUN community has been working and learning remotely for seven months, as has much of California, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on in this period, University Archives, a unit within the Library’s Special Collections & Archives launched the Documenting COVID-19 project in an effort to collect expressions of Matadors’ experience during this crisis and preserve them for future generations. Project Archivist April Feldman talked with us about the endeavor.

students petting a therapy dog at the oviatt library

What's New: Library Events, Looking Back and Looking Forward

Spring 2020

Of our many services, one that is sorely missed are our in person events. Last year was full of a lot of highlights, whether it was guest authors, finals relaxation events, panels, or film screenings -- they garnered new experiences, mentoring, and educational opportunities, and a lot of fun along the way.

book, a nuclear waste primer

What's Up: Environmental Justice Exhibition

Fall 2019

The yearlong exhibition launched this past July, Right of Way: Justice and Equity in the Growth of Los Angeles, demonstrates the crucial role the preservation of documents of private citizens, community groups, government projects and political campaigns plays in how we remember our history.  The items selected for the exhibit depict environmental justice as a dimension of the history of the Los Angeles area from the early to late 20th century, both the deleterious conditions that demanded action and the efforts to rectify them.