Overview of Library Services and Departments

The library is staffed with professionals whose goals are always centered around our patrons. As a visitor, the type of services and resources available to you will vary according to your patron type. The primary groups we serve are the NSU community and Broward County residents with Sherman Library cards. However, we provide a high level of service to all other users as well, including the general public, students from other schools and universities, visiting scholars, and all other visitors.

Feel free to use our Suggestion Box to let us know how we’re doing, or how we can improve.

The Borrowing and Circulation Department

Primarily maintains collection of circulating library materials, handles all Broward County Patron records, issues library cards, and ensures that books and journals are shelved promptly for the next borrower.

The Collection Development Department

Along with librarians from all departments, responsible for evaluating and selecting materials for the library’s collections.

The Distance and Instructional Library Services Department (DILS)

Offers library research training to the NSU community, primarily distance students, both in person or by the development of online tutorials and help documentation.

The Document Delivery / Interlibrary Loan Department

Facilitates the delivery of library materials not owned by the NSU libraries to both NSU and registered Broward County patrons, and procures materials to NSU distance students which cannot be retrieved online.

Electronic Course Reserves

Facilitates the electronic availability of reading material for students, set aside by NSU faculty, in a protected environment to comply with copyright laws.

The Public Library Services Department

Manages the part of the library collections that include best sellers, audiovisual, and popular materials for adults, young adults, and children. Provides reference services to all walk-in patrons and coordinates all programs happening at the library for these groups.

The Reference Department

Provides research and access assistance to all patrons using our resources, both in print and online, in the library or over the phone. Generates help documentation for users to aid in the research process, and offers research instruction to individuals or groups.

Other Services

Information about other entities and services in the library, such as Career Services, Copy/Print Self-Service, Conference Rooms, West End Ave Deli, Library Gallery, Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, Technology Facilities, Public Safety, etc.