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Library Hours Reduced

Important information on Library hours of operation

The Oviatt Library has had to make some difficult choices to balance available funding with our mission, which serves our primary users (CSUN students, faculty, and staff), and the greater CSUN community. Beginning June 1, 2019 through the end of spring 2020, we will cut an average of seven hours per week or one hour per day from our schedule. Note this change does not affect the schedule of extended hours for finals, most of which is generously supported by the Campus Quality Fee (CQF).

In recent years, the library has been open 90 hours per week during the academic year, which included adding three hours to Fridays, and an average of 53 hours per week during the summer. After careful consideration of library usage patterns, the schedule of classes, academic calendar, and availability of Matador Patrol services, we identified approximately 288 hours to cut that would have the least impact on the majority of our primary users, which will help offset approximately 30% of our base budget reduction over the 2019/2020 academic year.

Please note that these cuts only affect the physical library’s open hours; online access to the library’s extensive electronic resources is still available 24/7 to current CSUN students, faculty, and staff via OneSearch. Furthermore, the Ask a Librarian live chat service for research help is also available 24/7.

Below is the breakdown of changes to the Library’s schedule:

Changes to Library Hours, 2019/20
Time Period Hours Cut Per Week Cuts to the Schedule New Schedule* Total Hours Cut
Grand Total: 288 hours
*The upper and Garden Level floors of the Library close 15 minutes before the hour--everyone must be out of the library, lights out, and doors locked at the top of the hour.
Summer 2019 (12 Weeks) 8 Tue, Wed, Thu 6pm - 7pm; alternate Saturdays 1pm - 5pm Mon-Fri 9am to 5:45pm; closed weekends 96
Fall 2019 regular semester (16 weeks) 6 Mon-Thu 11pm-12 midnight; Fri 7pm-8pm; Sat 11am-12noon Mon-Thu 7:45am to 10:45pm; Fri 7:45am to 6:45pm; Sat 12noon to 4:45pm; Sun 12noon to 7:45pm 96
January 2020 Intersession (3 weeks) 0 None No change: Mon-Fri 8am to 4:45pm; closed weekends 0
Spring 2020 regular semester (16 weeks) 6 Mon-Thu 11pm-12 midnight; Fri 7pm-8pm; Saturday 11am-12noon Mon-Thu 7:45am to 10:45pm; Fri 7:45am to 6:45pm; Sat 12noon to 4:45pm; Sun 12noon to 7:45pm 96
Spring Break 2020 (1 week) 0 None No change: Mon-Fri 8am to 4:45pm; closed weekends 0

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