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NOVA Libraries: Service Updates

Things look a little different at NOVA Libraries, but our commitment to NOVA students is unchanged. Here's what to expect:

Need Help?

For individual research help, schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Temporary Changes

NOVA Libraries: Service Updates

Please be aware that library services are temporarily available only to students who are currently registered for classes at NOVA. If you are not registered for and attending a class that is active, please do not come to the library.

Borrow, Pick Up, and Return Library Items

Request physical books and DVDs online for low-contact pickup at the libraries. For instructions on requesting items, see the Requesting tab on the Borrow, Renew, Request page.

Return library items in designated indoor and outdoor book drops. Books will be quarantined for at least one business day upon return; please be patient as they may remain on your account for several days upon return.

Available Services for Registered Students

Hours of operation

On-Campus services

All campus libraries are open for limited services Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-4 PM

Virtual services

NOVA librarians are available online to assist with research help Monday-Thursday 8 AM to 9 PM and Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.

On-campus services


A limited number of computers are available.

Online research help

Chat online anytime (24/7), make a virtual appointment, or email a librarian.

Online collections

Access eBooks, streaming video, article databases, and more on the library website.

Individual study

Study tables and seating have been reconfigured to allow for distancing.

Some Services Temporarily Unavailable

Please note these services are temporarily unavailable due to frequency of use:

  • Course reserves, including textbooks and models, are not available to borrow in the Libraries at this time. Please contact NOVA Bookstores for textbook rental and purchase options, or contact your instructor if you have issues purchasing your course materials.
  • Group/quiet study rooms are closed.
  • NOVACard machines are disabled. Please add funds to NOVACards online or at NOVACard offices.
  • Students cannot enter the book stacks. Please ask a staff member to retrieve your materials.

Health & Safety

To protect the health and safety of library staff and patrons:

Face masks are required

If you don’t have a face mask, you may get one from Parking/NOVACard Offices.

Social distancing

Furniture has been moved to help everyone stay 6 feet apart.


Please use available disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. High touch/high trafficked areas will have increased cleaning and disinfection. Library items will be quarantined for at least one business day.

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