The Circulation Department is located on the first floor of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center. The mission of the Circulation Department is to provide high quality services to NSU and Broward Community (NSU Staff, faculty, NSU Alumni, students, Seflin members and Broward Residents.

The Circulation Department is responsible for maintaining the collection of over 400,000 volumes of books, journals, dissertations, and audios. Our primary responsibility is to assist the patrons in obtaining a library card, checking out and renewing materials such as books, study rooms, course reserve materials, and to aid patrons with the photocopy and cash card machines. We also mail overdue and fine notices, which display fines incurred on a patron’s record. Patron’s borrowing privileges can be suspended until all overdue materials are returned and fines paid.

We shelf read everyday and items that are missing for more than 6 months are re-ordered. This demonstrates how we work in liaison with other departments in order for the Sherman Library to run smoothly. Another example that portrays our unity is that the Circulation Department works with the Collection Development Department and the Cataloging Department in processing new books and materials recently ordered. In addition, we work hand-in-hand with the Interlibrary Loan Department by distributing books and articles requested by patrons. We also participate in library and university committees to develop and implement better customer service, library policies, and procedures to better serve the NSU Community.

Checkout, Renewals, and Fines


To check out materials please visit the Circulation Desk. It is a requirement to present your NSU ID/Library card to the staff when you are ready to check out items at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. We do not accept driver’s licenses or Broward County Library (BCL) cards to check out materials.

If you are an NSU student, staff, or faculty member, your NSU ID is your library card. If you live, work, or attend school in Broward County, you are eligible to apply for a library card.


If the item is NOT overdue and there are no holds placed on it, you may renew it as follows:

  • Over the phone by calling the Circulation Desk.
  • In person by visiting the Circulation Desk.
  • Online via NovaCat’s “View your Circulation Record” feature. You will be prompted for your last name and University ID (for NSU patrons) or the number on the back of your library card (Broward County patrons).

You must renew before or on the due date in order to do this successfully, whether online or over the phone. If your item is overdue, you must pay any outstanding fines before renewing or checking out items (see below for details on fines).

For detailed borrowing privilege information, select your patron type:


If library materials are not returned by the due date, an overdue notice will be sent, and if necessary, a final notice stating the charges incurred for the item(s). Borrowing privileges will be suspended until all overdue materials are returned and/or fines paid.

Library blocks may be put in effect if the fines are in excess of $5.00. NSU students or staff records that are blocked will result to unavailabilty of student transcripts, and/or graduation.

Lost library cards will be billed as follows: For Broward County patrons $5.00 for a replacement card. NSU student, faculty or staff can get a replacement card through the Card Office in the Don Taft University Center.

Fines can be paid with a personal check, money order, or with cash on a Smart Card (for university affiliates), or a Alvin Sherman Library card (for the public). Charges for returned checks may apply. Cash and credit card payment methods are not available.

  • Fees for overdue regular books and bestsellers are 25 cents per day.
  • Fees for overdue audiovisual materials (AV) are $0.25 – $1.00 per day.
  • Fees for overdue software is $1.00 per day.
  • Fees for Inglés Sin Barreras and Muzzy items are $5.00 per day.
  • Fees for overdue reserve materials are $0.25 per hour.
  • For Lost/damaged materials: the cost of the item plus an additional $15 processing fee. If the item is out of print, the fine is a $35 charge and an additional $15 processing fee. See the library’s Material Replacement Policy for more information.

Put a Hold on Materials

Library patrons may place a hold on materials based on the following:

  • If an item is checked out, visit the Circulation Department, call (954) 262-4601, or go online at to request it. Notification is done by phone or email when the item is returned, and it will be held at the Circulation Desk for 5 days for you.
  • If an item is available, the Circulation Department will place it on the hold shelf for five days. Holds on available items can be placed online at or call (954) 262-4601. Online holds on available items takes a maximum of 2 business days to process. *Please note that borrowing of items is on first come first serve basis.
  • Patrons can place holds on Broward County Library items using the BCL catalog and they can request to pick them up at the Alvin Sherman Library Circulation Desk. A BCL library card is needed for the circulation of BCL items through the BCL system. BCL items will be held for only 5 days.
  • All patrons have a maximum of 10 holds.

Course Reserves

NSU faculty members may place books, journal articles, and other materials on reserve for a course. Students can find Course Reserves items in NovaCat by professor name, course name or course number. Faculty should note that they have the option of placing the reserve items to be checked out for 2 hours only or overnight by prior arrangement with the Circulation staff.

  • Reserve materials may be checked out at the Reserves window near the Circulation Desk. The hours for the Holds/Reserve window are Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. After hours patrons must refer to the Circulation Desk.
  • Students must present a current NSU I.D. to use reserve materials.
  • Reserve items must remain in the library.
  • The check-out period is limited to two hours, except when previously arranged by the instructor; there will be a fine of $0.25 per hour per item for items returned late. When professors put journals, books, and videos etc. on reserve, they have the option of placing the items to be checked out for 2 hours only or overnight, or 24-hour use.

Procedures for placing materials on reserve

The following items may be placed on reserve by faculty:

  • Library-owned Books, CDs and Videotapes: faculty may submit items from the collections of the Alvin Sherman Library directly to the Circulation Desk.
  • Personal Copies of Books, CDs and Videotapes: submit these to the Circulation Desk. Some amount of wear should be expected while the item is on reserve. The Library will not accept responsibility for damage to personal materials.
  • Photocopied Materials: clear photocopied materials must be submitted to the Circulation Desk. The person submitting the materials is responsible for reproducing those materials that are to be placed on reserve. In order to comply with Federal copyright laws, publisher permission must be obtained in the following situations: use of more than one photocopy (multiple copies of the same article); continued use of photocopies (for more than one term/semester); photocopying an author’s entire work; copying more than one article of a copyrighted collection of periodical issue.

Faculty members are responsible for obtaining copyright permission from the publisher where needed, and must provide the Circulation Desk with this verification before the second term that an item is on reserve.

For assistance obtaining copyright permission, please contact NSU Copyright Clearance Services.

Submitting materials for reserve

All materials submitted for reserve must be accompanied by a completed Reserve Materials Form. These forms may be downloaded (in PDF format), obtained from the Circulation Desk, or you may request that they be sent by mail. Please fill out the course information completely, and include the date the material is to be removed from reserve. A copy of the class syllabus should be included for reference purposes. At the beginning of each term, please allow three days for materials to be processed and made available to students. During the term, please allow one full work day. Reserve requests are processed in the order in which they are received.

In addition, Faculty have the option of placing material on Electronic Course Reserve (ECR) for students to view online. To place items on ECR, please see Faculty Guidelines for Submitting Electronic Course Reserves.

Removing items from reserve

You may request removal of reserve materials at any time. At the end of each semester, items will be removed from reserve and returned to you through Interoffice mail. If you prefer, you may pick up the materials at the Circulation Desk. Any items not picked up, or items returned as undeliverable from Interoffice Mail, will be discarded or added to the library collection, as the Library does not have adequate space for storage of reserve materials.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please call 954-262-4617 to contact Dinos Andreou, Head of Circulation at the Alvin Sherman Library.

Request Dissertations

A number of NSU Dissertations are available in print at the Circulation Desk. The process for requesting this type of material is as follows:

  • Locate the items you need using NovaCat.
  • Once you have the author and title of the material, come to the Circulation Desk to request it. An NSU ID or NSU library card is required.
  • First-floor dissertations circulate to NSU students & faculty ONLY. However, Broward patrons can review them for up to 2 hours inside the library.

Note: SCIS Dissertations on the 4th Floor do NOT circulate (i.e., they cannot be checked out).

Report a Missing Item

If you cannot find an item on the shelf, please check nearby study tables, book carts and copy rooms. Still can’t find it? then complete the appropriate form. You’ll be contacted once it’s found.