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Nimitz Library

Current Nimitz Library Resources & Services

Library Hours and Operations

Nimitz Library will be open 0800-1500 on 19 November 2020 and will resume regular hours on Friday 20 November. During this time library staff will provide digital resources and research support for USNA users. All library events have been cancelled.

The U.S. Naval Academy is closed to visitors.

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

While the library is closed, 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

At this time, research help is available to the USNA community in a variety of formats. Librarians are available via the library’s chat service during the hours below:

Sun: 1800-2100
Mon - Thur: 0800-1200, 1300-1700, 1800-2100
Fri: 0800-1200, 1300-1600

Librarians are also available live in Nimitz via Google Meet during weekday evenings. Find NIMLLo (Nimitz Librarians Live Online) at the monitor across from the check-out desk, Mon-Thur from 1900-2100.

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 Research appointments are available via email, Google Meet, or telephone. 

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

Due to the pandemic, as well as the space limitations due to the renovations of Nimitz Library, the Research and Instruction Librarians will deliver all library instruction virtually for the Fall 2020 semester. Nimitz Librarians will offer a variety of options for library instruction tailored to class needs, including but not limited to synchronous, asynchronous, small group research consults, online tutorials and more. 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 collection of games for midshipmen to borrow - find them in the Nimitz lobby! No need to check them out, you can borrow and return them anytime. The Navy MWR Digital Library offers a wealth of resources via CAC access, including audio and ebooks from Overdrive, streaming video from Kanopy, and language training from Mango. In addition, the popular reading collection is available on the first deck of Nimitz.
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