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The Transforming Library

Renovations @ the Oviatt

Special Collections & Archives Construction

What's coming on the second floor?Artist's Sketch of the New Special Collections Space

  • A new, environmentally controlled, secure closed stacks area, which will contain rare books, artifacts, and archival collections for Special Collections and Archives.
  • A new public research area (Special Collections and Archives Reading Room), which will be available for students, faculty, and staff of CSUN, and any others who need to use our collections for their research.

What is the impact during construction?

  • The area will be walled off and will not be accessible to the public during construction. We ask that Library users move to the upper floors and the East side of the building to avoid construction-related noise and dust. Updates on the construction will be given at the Oviatt Library’s website on this page.

Will Special Collections & Archives be open?

During the renovation, normal operations will continue in the current Special Collections and Archives department in the West wing.  Researchers should check with the department for possible temporary short term closures at (818) 677-2832 or

When will the project be finished?

The project is slated for completion December 2016.

Past Projects

The opening of the Learning Commons in August 2013 marked the achievement of the first in a number of initiatives that will change the face of our facility and our services. Please check this page often for news about our ongoing and upcoming renovation projects.

Elevator Modernization Project

The Oviatt Library has modernized our elevators in the library core, in order to better serve the needs of our Library guests. Physical Plant Management has updated the two elevators located in the core of the Library.  The scope of work included a complete overhaul of mechanical systems, replacement of cabling and reconditioning of the interior of the elevator cabin.The project was completed Spring 2016.

Keep an eye out here for updates to our progress of making the Library a more comfortable, technological, and social space!  Meanwhile, check out our galleryfrequently asked questions (FAQ), and of course if you have any questions/concerns for us, please feel free to give us your feedback.

Robert and Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room

Refurbishment of the Robert and Maureen Gohstand Leisure Reading Room was completed Fall 2013. Located in the West Wing, second floor, this comfortable, quiet space is outfitted with modern furniture to accommodate readers seeking a break from research to escape into a good book. Development of the Reading Room collection is ongoing; a formal dedication of the room was held in October 2014.

Gohstand Reading Room furniture