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Would you like to know more about the library? Are you unsure how to start searching a database? Has it been a long time since you did research? Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of resources available - and the many differences between them? We are here to help! Please read the different help category descriptions below and select the one that best suits your needs.

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Public Library Collection

The Alvin Sherman Library maintains a collection of over 400,000 volumes of books, journals, dissertations, and audios.  Click here for a list of new materials.

On the 1st Floor you will find the following items:

  • Bestsellers
  • Children's and Young Adult Collections
  • Popular magazines and newspapers
  • DVDs & Blu-rays
  • Videos Games
  • Audio Books on CD
  • NSU Dissertations

To view more information on how to find the items listed above, please select the appropriate heading listed on the drop-down menu on the "Find Materials" tab.

Call Numbers

Items in the various collections of the Alvin Sherman Library are arranged on the shelf using different classification and call number systems.

Most items are shelved according to call numbers from the Library of Congress Classification System. This includes most of the circulating collection located on the third and fourth floors and the reference collection on the second floor.

The popular, children's , and young adult collections use the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Popular fiction is arranged in alphabetical order by author, while all periodicals are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

CDs and cassettes are catalogued by the ANSCR system (Alpha Numeric System for Classification of Recordings).