Library Collections

NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center combines a public library, an academic library, auditorium, classrooms, and computer labs in one building. The entire library is open to all users.

Below you will find a brief account of the Collection and Services as they are distributed across each floor of the building. You’ll notice that each floor has a different color scheme accentuated by the architecture.

In addition to the collections within the building, the library also subscribes to numerous electronic research databases which are available to library users from Internet-accessible computers. They offer a large variety of scholarly journal and periodical articles, electronic books, indexes, abstracts, etc.

Every floor is equipped with restrooms, cell phone zones, and public computer terminals with pay-for-print options.

Payphones and cash to card machines are available on the first and second floors. Photocopiers are available on the first, second and third floors.

There are also a meter machine to add time for parking, and a cash-to-chip machine (revalue station) on the 1st Floor, all near the West End Ave Deli.

First Floor

First Floor of the Alvin Sherman Library
  • Bestsellers (DD)
  • Large print books (DD)
  • International Collection (books, videos, etc.)
  • Children’s and Young Adult Collections (DD)
  • Popular Magazines and newspapers in several languages (A-Z)
  • Audiobooks, Playaway, Books on CD
  • LeapPads
  • Video Games
  • Circulating Software
  • NSU Dissertations
  • Public Library Services
  • Circulation Department
  • West End Avenue Deli
  • OIIT computer labs and Electronic Classrooms

About Videos and DVDs

The NSU Center for Media and Technology also maintains a Video Library located in the Hollywood-Mailman Building, Davie Campus. For information on their holdings (available to NSU only), see the Video Library Catalog.

Second Floor

View of the stairwell and reference desk on the second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library
  • Reference Collection (LC)
  • Microforms and ERIC Collection
  • Foundations and Grants Collection (LC)
  • Genealogy Collection
  • Periodicals, including Scholarly Journals (A-Z)
  • MARPS, Practicums and Applied Dissertations
  • Adolfo &¬† Marisela Cotilla Gallery
  • Reference
  • Distance and Instructional Library Services

About the Microforms and ERIC collection

Documents on microform (microfilm and microfiche) include newspapers, periodicals, and special collections. Special collections items include FBI files, Terrorism Special Studies, Florida 1989-1997 Return of private foundation: Form 990-PF, and Corefiche (drama, essays, general literature, poetry, and short stories). These microforms are located in the southwest corner of the second floor near the photocopy room. Microfilm and microfiche printer-readers are located in this area as well.

The library also maintains a comprehensive collection of ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center)Documents on microfiche. ERIC microfiche is located in the northwest corner of the second floor near Lab A.

A digital microform reader is located in this area as well.

About MARPS, practicums, and applied dissertations

NSU MARPs (Major Applied Research Projects), Practicums and Applied Dissertations are available on microfiche to NSU students, faculty, and staff. To locate titles, check the NSU MARPs, Practicums and Applied Dissertations Database (see Electronic Resources); then request them at the Reference Desk.

NSU dissertations are available to NSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as registered Broward County library cardholders. To locate these titles, check the library catalog, NovaCat; then request them at the Circulation Desk. Special conditions apply to this material; please read more about this procedure by visiting the Circulation Department page on “Requesting Dissertations”.

Third Floor

View from the third floor of the Alvin Sherman Library
  • Academic Books (LC Call Numbers A-PQ)
  • Document Delivery / Interlibrary Loan
  • Library Administration
  • Library Systems
  • Technical Services

Fourth Floor

View of the stacks and orange columns on the 4th floor