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Teaching Foreign Languages / ESL: Home

This guide is designed to help educators find materials related to foreign language instruction for all ages, including English as a Second Language (ESL).

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This guide was designed to help educators find materials related to foreign language instruction, including English as a Second Language (ESL).

About the Alvin Sherman Library

Welcome to the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, the largest library building in the state of Florida.

The Alvin Sherman Library is a unique joint-use facility serving the residents of Broward County as well as NSU students, faculty, and staff members. Thanks to an agreement between the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and NSU, the Alvin Sherman Library offers traditional public library services as well as the full academic resources of one of the nation's major independent universities. This library was opened to the public on December 8, 2001.

Standing five stories high with wireless access throughout the building, cozy reading niches, 22 study rooms, 1,000 user seats, and a café, the library environment is spacious, high tech, yet friendly. You will discover collections of research materials, specialized databases, popular fiction and nonfiction books, magazines and journals, CDs, DVDs, special programs for children and teens, book discussion groups, author readings, and classes on using research tools and resources. Most importantly, you will find a professional library staff attuned and ready to serve your needs.

Let us be your library guides!

Get a NSU Alvin Sherman Library Card!

Nova Southeastern University has a unique reciprocal relationship with Broward County Board of County Commissioners so that everyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Broward County can have an Alvin Sherman Library Card. A Broward County Library Card is different from ours.
For information on signing up for an NSU Alvin Sherman Library Card or to get an e-card (using your Broward County Library Card to get immediate access to online resources), please visit

Professional Development

Foreign Language and ESL Databases

Print & Digital Collection

NovaCat - Search NSU Libraries' catalog for books, media, periodicals, and electronic resources.

Cloud LibraryExtensive collection of popular fiction and non-fiction e-books and audio books for juvenile, young adult, and adult readers. Alvin Sherman Library card holders login into your cloudLibrary user account with library card number as the Library Card ID and your last name as the Password/PIN.

Borrowing Materials

To check out materials, please visit the Circulation Desk, located on the first floor. 

It is a requirement to present your Alvin Sherman Library Card or SharkCard to the staff when you are ready to check out items.  The library does not accept driver's licenses or Broward County Library (BCL) cards to check out materials.  Check out stops 15 minutes before closing.

Click here for detailed borrowing privilege information.