Oviatt Library

Coordinates: 34°14′24″N 118°31′46″W / 34.240029°N 118.529499°W / 34.240029; -118.529499

Delmar T. Oviatt Library
Type Academic library
Established October 1973
Location Northridge, CA
Items collected 1,390,052 total volumes
Size 1,106,611 books
Other information
Budget $7,756,882
Director Mark Stover – Dean, University Library
Staff 94
Website library.csun.edu
References: [1][2][3][4]

The Oviatt Library (Delmar T. Oviatt Library) serves the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) campus, located in Northridge district of the northern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. The library is named for Delmar T. Oviatt, instrumental in the founding of San Fernando Valley State College, CSUN's predecessor.


Original construction of the library was in two phases. The first phase was opened on October 24, 1973.[5] The second, completed in 1991, nearly doubled the size with additional east and west wings.[6] Both phases were designed by the architect Leo A. Daly. The 1994 Northridge earthquake badly damaged the building forcing the library to close.[7] The original 'phase one building' re-opened later in 1994. The 'second phase wings' needed demolishing and reconstruction, and re-opened in 2000.[8]

Services and collections

The California State University, Northridge's Oviatt Library provides educational, cultural and information services and resources to the students and faculty. Its primary mission is to: support and supplement classroom and independent learning; facilitate student and faculty research; and provide students with lifelong skills in identifying, locating, evaluating and synchronizing information.

All library materials are housed in the Delmar T. Oviatt Library building, a 234,712-square-foot (21,805.5 m2) state-of-the-art facility. Of note is the Learning Commons, the Creative Media Studio, 4 computer equipped library instruction labs, and over 200 computer workstations devoted to library information resources. There are over 2,500 seats for in house study. During Fall and Spring semesters, the building is open 90 hours a week.

The Oviatt Library has a physical collection containing 1.3 million print volumes, of which over one million are books, and over 249,000 bound periodical volumes.[9] The Library subscribes to over 84,000 online journals, 200 online databases, and approximately 500,000 e-books. The microform collection contains 3.1 million pieces. There are over 14,000 sound recordings, and over 60,000 film and video recordings. A special focus is the San Fernando Valley History Collection digital archives.[10]

Collection statistics

Oviatt Library

Oviatt Library Collections - 2015-2016[11]

Collection holdings

Annual activity

Oviatt Library Annual Activity - 2015-2016[12]


  • Checkout and Renewal: 88,857
  • Gate Count: 1,464,556
  • Library Web Pages Viewed: 2,497,083
  • Interlibrary Loan Borrowed: 6,750
  • Interlibrary Loan Lent: 12,240

Reference and processing

  • Students Attending Library Research Instruction: 29,005
  • In-Person Reference Transactions: 18,003
  • On-Call Reference Transactions: 815
  • Email Reference Transactions: 692
  • Phone Reference Transactions: 649
  • Virtual Reference Transactions: 1,051

Film and television shooting location

The Oviatt Library has served as a shooting location for numerous films and television series, including Star Trek, Sky High, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica.[13]


  1. "Architectural model of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library, ca. 1972". Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  2. "Library Statistics 2013-2014". Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  3. "Library Budget/General Fund 2009-2010". Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  4. "Library Administration". Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  5. Broesamle, John (1993). Suddenly a Giant: A History of California State University, Northridge. Northridge: Santa Susanna Press. p. 76.
  6. Broesamle, John (1993). Suddenly a Giant: A History of California State University, Northridge. Northridge: Santa Susanna Press. p. 141.
  7. Chandler, John. "University Plans Temporary Replacement for Oviatt Library." Los Angeles Times, May 1, 1994.
  8. Peabody, Zanto. "CSUN Celebrates Library's Reopening." Los Angeles Times, September 27, 2000.
  9. http://library.csun.edu/About/LibraryStatistics
  10. http://digital-library.csun.edu/SFV/
  11. http://library.csun.edu/About/LibraryStatistics
  12. http://library.csun.edu/About/LibraryStatistics
  13. "Oviatt Library in the Media". library.csun.edu. California State University, Northridge. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
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