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Nimitz Library

Current Nimitz Library Resources & Services

Library Hours and Operations

Nimitz Library will be closed through 07 March 2021. During this time lobby book pickup, digital resources, and research support will remain available. See below for details.

The U.S. Naval Academy is closed to visitors. Library use is only available to those on the Yard.

Helpful information for library users

Accessing Online Materials: Available
Electronic databases, ebooks, and journals remain available for students, faculty, and staff.  If you need to access resources from off of the Yard, please visit our Guide to Off-Campus Access.
Accessing Physical Materials: Available

Library materials are available for pickup in the lobby or by delivery to midshipmen in ROM status. Library materials can be requested using this form.

Library staff can provide scanned articles or book chapters from items we own to midshipmen and/or faculty through Local Article Delivery. If off campus, you must be connected for off-campus access to log in. Questions about Local Article Delivery should be directed to

Research Help: Available

Until 08 March, the NimLLO service noted below will be unavailable. Chat service will be available during the day and evening for research support.

Research help is available via chat and at the Research Help Desk in the library through NimLLO (Nimitz Librarians Live Online). Look for the monitor with an open Google Meet, and get virtual face-to-face research help from a librarian. For assistance through chat, look for the orange Need Help? bar on the library website. The hours for chat and NimLLO are here:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
0800-1200 0800-1200 0800-1200 0800-1200 -- -- --
(closed 1200-1300)
(closed 1200-1300)
(closed 1200-1300)
(closed 1200-1300)
(closed 1200-1300)
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Chat & NimLLO
1900-2200 1900-2200 1900-2200 -- -- -- 1900-2200

Users can also get help through the library's FAQ, Research Guides, or by getting in touch with a subject specialist librarian . Not sure who to contact? Email

Course Materials Support: Available

Physical Course Reserves are not available this semester. However, library staff are happy to work with faculty to find ways to make course reserves available digitally, if necessary. Requests for course reserves should be directed to

Faculty can also request that we digitize A/V materials from our collection for use in a course.  Requests for this service should be directed to  

Questions about locating course materials, ebooks, and other course related resources should be directed to the appropriate subject specialist librarian.

Information Literacy Instruction: Available
R&I librarians will offer a range of options for information literacy instruction, including synchronous, asynchronous, virtual, and in-person on a case-by-case basis. The R&I Information Literacy Team recommends that instruction take place virtually this semester. Due to the Nimitz renovations, 227 is the only classroom available in the building and it can only accommodate the smallest class sizes. In-person IL sessions would likely need to take place in the class’ normal meeting space. Librarians and instructors will work together to design IL instruction that meets the needs of the midshipmen. Please get in touch via the subject liaison contact list with any questions. Not sure who to contact? Email Maria Koshute, Information Literacy Coordinator, at
Interlibrary Loan: Available

Nimitz LIbrary staff will continue to process interlibrary loan requests for book, articles and book chapters, though we may experience delays as libraries across the globe continue to offer limited service. Users must be logged in for off-campus access to use interlibrary loan. Questions should be directed to

Users with overdue Interlibrary Loan books in their possession should return them to the library as soon as possible. If you have circumstances preventing this please contact

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A): Appointment Only and Digital Collections

The SC&A Reading Room is open by appointment only when the library is open. Appointments may be requested by contacting Dr. Jennifer Bryan at or x36904. Digitized SC&A materials are freely accessible, and SC& staff remain via email or telephone for research help. The SC&A web page provides links to digital collections, online finding aids, and contact information for SC&A staff. 

Check Out for Leaving USNA: Available
To complete the Library portion of your USNA check out sheet please contact Nicholas Brown. If you have any items from Nimitz or Interlibrary Loan you will be directed to return them by placing them in the book drop outside of the Nimitz front doors. If you are unable to physically access USNA alternate arrangements will be made. If a signable check out sheet is provided a digital signature will be given, others will receive an email verifying that your library account is clear.
Recreational Resources: Available
The Library offers a number of recreational resources. Information about the library’s collection of games for midshipmen, popular reading materials, streaming video and other recreational resources can be found at our Recreational Resources Guide.
Additional Updates and Resources from USNA
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