Library Hours and Operations
Nimitz Library is open and our hours are available here.
There are a number of building modifications in place including reduced, distanced seating, limited use of the elevators, fewer restrooms, up/down only stairwells, and availability of cleaning supplies. Changes are in effect as a result of COVID-19 and a significant renovation to the library's main floor.
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
Accessing Physical Materials: Available
Library materials are available for pickup in the lobby or by delivery to midshipmen in ROM status. To request items for pick up, visit Nimitz Search or log in here, search for the item you'd like and click "Request". Requested items will be bagged and placed on the table in the library lobby for pick up. If you are in ROM or ISO, please indicate as much on your request and we will make arrangements for delivery to your room. Detailed instructions can be found here .
Library staff can provide scanned articles or book chapters from items we own to midshipmen and/or faculty. To request a scanned copy of an item we own click the "digitization" button on your result in Nimitz Search. Questions about digitizing articles or other article requests should be directed to ILL@usna.edu.
Research Help: Available
Research help is available Monday through Friday from 0800-1600. For assistance through chat, look for the orange Need Help? bar on the library website. To speak with a librarian in Nimitz, ask at the Circulation Desk for the on-call librarian. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Materials Support: Available
Physical Course Reserves are not currently available. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 ILL@usna.edu.
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 ILL@usna.edu.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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