Welcome to Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, a joint-use facility with the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

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Welcome to Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, a joint-use facility with the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

The Alvin Sherman Library is open 100 hours a week, including evenings and weekends, and provides access to more than one million digital and print materials that serve the needs of NSU’s students, faculty, and staff as well as the residents of Broward County.

Anyone that lives, works, or goes to school in Broward County may apply for a free library card to use the Alvin Sherman Library’s resources, and NSU affiliates may use their NSU ID and SharkCard.

As one of the largest library buildings in Florida, this five-story, 325,000-square-foot structure includes a café, meeting rooms, and a Genealogy collection that houses the former library of the Genealogical Society of Broward County.

In addition to individual and group study rooms that can be reserved online, our collaborative study center provides an area for social learning and wireless internet is available throughout the building.

The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center offers the community a place to learn and contemplate lessons from the past. The center contains original artifacts, historical newspapers, research books, and images as well as multi-media stations.

The Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery located on the second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library showcases a revolving display of exhibits by local and international artists.
The library is also home to several permanent works of art including a one-of-a kind creation by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, the NSU Glass Garden.

From the library’s website, you can use our catalog, NovaCat, to search for best-sellers, non-fiction, e-books, audio-books, movies, music, and video games that you can borrow free of charge.

You can also visit our Public Library Services webpage for specialized book lists, teacher resources, school visits, and information about our teen volunteer program.

The library also provides access to hundreds of databases in a variety of subject areas that offer full-text scholarly articles, streaming videos, downloadable e-books, and more.

One of our most popular databases that you can access through the library is Lynda.com, a leading online learning platform with video tutorials and courses that teach business, software, technology and creative skills to help you achieve personal and professional goals

Professional librarians are here to help you learn how to use all of these resources. All you need is your free Alvin Sherman Library card!

To learn more about the Alvin Sherman Library, visit our website or call our reference desk at 954-262-4613.