After more than a decade of providing California State University, Northridge’s Delmar T. Oviatt Library with a little extra support, CSUN’s Friends of the Library Bookstore is closing.
The last day of operation for the bookstore, located in the west wing of the main level of the library, is today, in part because of diminished revenues from used book sales and the need for new creative learning space, library officials said.
Since its opening in September 2000, revenue generated by the sale of donated books has helped the Friends of the Library support and co-sponsor a variety of library events, from special speakers and book signings to library exhibit openings and an ongoing student employee scholarship program. Some of the money also has helped purchase new volumes to augment the Oviatt Library’s already vast collection.
“These past 14 years have been filled with dozens of enthusiastic volunteers who dedicated many hours to serving the campus community and raising money for CSUN through the sale of used books,” said Mark Stover, dean of the Oviatt Library. “The Friends Bookstore has been a very good thing for the library, for the community, and for those who volunteered at the store. I am truly grateful for the many hours that our volunteers and staff have contributed to this important activity. We are sorry to see the store close.”
The Friends of the Library will continue its philanthropic work by raising funds through its quarterly used book sales held outside of the Library’s front portico. For more information about Friends of the Library, please visit its website at http://library.csun.edu/Friends.
The Oviatt Library serves as a main research facility in the San Fernando Valley. For more information about the library or its hours, visit its website at http://library.csun/edu or call (818) 677-2285.