Frequently Asked Questions
These are frequently asked questions about using Nimitz Library and our resources. If you do not find the answer to your question, please contact the Reference Desk at 3-2420 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nimitz Library provides free printing for academic purposes as a service to the Naval Academy community. Since resources are limited, each person is granted an allocation of 250 pages per term, with the summer blocks counting as one. It is the responsibility of each individual to monitor his or her use of this allocation.At this time, only Nimitz Library desktop computers can be used to issue print jobs. Printing is not available for those not holding a valid USNA email account.
1. If I run out of pages during the term, can I buy more pages?
Additional pages cannot be bought, but you can request an additional allocation by sending an email to Mr. Michael Macan at email@example.com, explaining how your initial allocation has been used and your need for additional pages. Please note that the granting of additional pages is not automatically guaranteed.
2. Can someone "donate" unused pages to someone else?
3. If I have unused pages at the end of a term, will they roll over to the next term?
No. Also, please be advised that the summer blocks are counted as one term.
4. Will the printers print double-sided?
Yes, but the command to make it double-sided is selected by the user when issuing the print command, not at the printer.
5. Does double-sided printing count as 1 or 2 pages?
Depending on the number of printed sides and how many sheets of paper are used, double-sided printing may count as either 1 or 2 pages.
For example: 4 pages printed single-sided = 4 page allocation credits used
4 pages printed double-sided = 2 page allocation credits used
5 pages printed double-sided = 3 page allocation credits used (since 3 sheets of paper are being used)
6. Does Nimitz have a color printer?
No. Color printing may be available on a restricted and/or limited basis through theMSC Graphics Technology Lab.
7. Which computers can I use to print from?
With the exception of the 4 computers closest to the main entrance of Nimitz Library and the catalog terminals on the Second and Third Floors, all the desktop computers can be used to issue print commands. There are print-capable computers on all floors of the Library. Once the commands have been issued, you must come to either of the two Print Release stations located on the Main Floor to retrieve the jobs. Jobs will be held in a queue for 90 minutes before being deleted. Please note that printing is not enabled from laptops.
8. I still have pages in my allocation, but I get a message that the print job is denied.
Check to see that you only have letter-size (8 1/2 x 11) pages. Legal or A4 paper (common in Europe) cannot be printed. You must first use the "scale to fit" print command (at least in Word).
Can I access the Library’s resources from off the Yard?
I am not affiliated with the Academy. Can I use your library?
Where can I get military service records for a veteran?
Where can I get information from the Academy’s yearbook (the Lucky Bag)?
The Lucky Bags from 1894 to 1970 have been digitized and are freely available through the Nimitz Library Digital Collections page or the Internet Archive. Information from later editions can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org .
How can get information about a midshipman’s career at USNA?
Can you send me information about John Paul Jones?
Additional materials can be found on the Internet Archive.