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Library Remote Resources and Services

This page contains all relevant information related to Oviatt Library's current operations and responses to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.

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During this time of uncertainty, we want you to know that no matter where you are working, studying, or zooming – we are here for you. We are the Library.


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   Get Online Help 24/7

Need to reach us from off-campus? Ask us! CSUN and non-CSUN librarians answer your questions via chat, text, and email.

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   Accessing from Off-Campus

Current CSUN students, faculty and staff can access our databases from off-campus. To access the databases from off-campus, click the name of the database. You will then see a screen asking you to log in, using your CSUN User ID and password (the same ID and password you use to log in to the portal). For more information, see Accessing Library Resources from Off-Campus and the Library's Copyright Statement (in particular, the Appropriate Use of Oviatt Library's Electronic Resources section).


Free or Reduced Cost Resources

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 Teaching Resources

The Oviatt Library is prepared to support you in the case that you may be teaching from a distance. IT has a number of resources for academic continuity in the event of disruptions to in-person teaching.


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 Learning Materials

The Oviatt Library is prepared to support you in the case that you may be learning from a distance. IT has a number of resources for academic continuity in the event of disruptions to in-person learning.

Accessing course materials

  • Search for textbooks & ebooks in the library catalog using OneSearch by applying the search filter "Available Online at CSUN"

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  • Let your professors know if you have trouble accessing their course materials and direct them to this site– they want you to succeed! 
  • Several publishers have also upgraded eBooks to unlimited access at no cost. Check out our AL$ COVID-19 Resources webpage for more info.

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Research Guides

Contact Your Subject Librarian

Renew and Return Materials

The due dates for all currently checked out Library materials including books, media, materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan/CSU+, and CMS and LTS equipment have been extended until August 31, 2020.

You can renew circulating library-owned materials four ways:

  • Go to OneSearch and click Log In to log in to your library account and renew online
  • Email a renewal request using our online renewal form
  • Renew items by phone by calling (818) 677-4745 (available 24 hours a day)
  • Bring items to the Guest Services desk during regular library hours

Log In to your Library Account Fill out an Online Renewal Form Contact Guest Services

Online Materials and Resources

The Oviatt Library has access to digital materials available to you. Librarians have also created subject, course, and topic guides to help you navigate through the research process. Use OneSearch to find ebooks, journal articles, streaming audio or video, and other online resources. We have hundreds of databases that provide access to full-text articles, videos, and more!

Access Research Guides

Access OneSearch

Access Online Databases

Contact a Librarian

Find Sources CSUN Doesn't Own

Even if you are off-campus, you can use the FREE Interlibrary Loan service to obtain materials which are needed for research but are not available in the Oviatt Library. Interlibrary Loan borrowing of physical books is currently not available. You may still request articles that will be delivered electronically to your Interlibrary Loan account.​

Submit a request online: Interlibrary Loan Service

For questions: or call (818) 677-2294.

Visit InterLibrary Loan's Website

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