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Ask a Librarian

Ask in Person

The reference desk is located on the second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library. If you have a question or need help please come to the reference desk during our regular desk hours listed below. Hours may vary during holidays or intersession.

Service and Desk Schedules
Desks Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Circulation 11 a.m. –
11:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m. –
10:45 p.m.
7:30 a.m. –
10:45 p.m.
7:30 a.m. –
10:45 p.m.
7:30 a.m. –
10:45 p.m.
7:30 a.m. –
8.45 p.m.
8 a.m. –
7.45 p.m.
Note that the circulation desk follows the building hours, but will close 15 minutes earlier.
Cotilla Gallery 11 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
8 p.m.
Public Desk 11 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
9 p.m.
9 a.m. –
8 p.m.
Reference Desk 11 a.m. –
7 p.m.
11 a.m. –
8 p.m.
11 a.m. –
8 p.m.
11 a.m. –
8 p.m.
11 a.m. –
8 p.m.
11 a.m. –
6 p.m.
12 p.m. –
8 p.m.
West End Deli The deli hours can vary – especially during summer. Please call 954.262.5500

Ask by Phone

Local: (954) 262-4613
Toll Free: 1 (800) 541-6682 ext. 24613
Canada / the Caribbean / Panama: 1 (800) 554-6682 ext. 24613

Chat Online



Chat Service Hours (EST)
Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 10a.m. – 12a.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10a.m. – 5p.m.

Please note that the Alvin Sherman Library participates in a state wide Ask a Librarian chat program – if an NSU librarian is not on duty your question may be answered by a librarian elsewhere in Florida.

Text Us

Need quick, short answer? You can text us  when the reference desk is open. Send a text message beginning with the letters NSU to (954) 372-3505 – then just ask your question! Of course, your phone company’s normal charges for text messaging apply.

Text Service Hours (EST)
Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 10a.m. – 12a.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10a.m. – 5p.m.

Please note that the Alvin Sherman Library participates in a state wide Ask a Librarian text program – if an NSU librarian is not on duty your question may be answered by a librarian elsewhere in Florida.

Write an Email

You can send an email to refdesk@nova.edu or ask a question using our form.

This is ideal for brief, factual questions. A librarian will respond typically within 24 hours except during holidays.

Make an Appointment

Use this brief form (en Español) to request an appointment.