REGISTERED PATRONS - The term "Registered Patrons" refers to persons who have a library card from this or any of the NSU libraries. It is mandatory to have a Nova Southeastern University ID (for current students, alumni, faculty and staff), an NSU Library Card for Broward County Residents, or a Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) card to check out materials, to obtain reserve items, and to access the Electronic Resources.
For the Broward County public users library cards can be acquired at the Circulation Desk of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center. You can also apply for a library card at any Broward County Library. After receiving your faxed application from the Broward County Library, will process and mail your card to you. Public patrons cannot check out items at the Law Library or the Health Professions Divisions Library. However, they can make copies of the materials if needed.
Proof of Broward County residency is required. Acceptable forms of proof are a driver's license, state identification card, or utility bill with a picture ID. Employees of Broward County can obtain a library card even though they do not live in Broward County. It is mandatory that they present their Broward County employee identification card in order to obtain an NSU public card.
(For SEFLIN cards please see SEFLIN policy below.)
In the event of a lost library card, Circulation staff can issue replacement cards for $5.00. For information in regards to privacy of library records please refer to Florida Statute #257.261 - Library registration and circulation records
Borrowers are responsible for returning Alvin Sherman Library materials by their due dates. Materials are checked in the same day that they are returned, except for NSU materials returned through the BCL Branches. BCL materials are also checked in the same day that they are returned. Returned materials have to be in good condition to be able to be checked in. The library reserves the right to assess and declare the condition of all returned library materials. Please see Fines and/or Material Replacement policies for further information. All Alvin Sherman Library materials are checked in twice before re-shelving.
Registered patrons can check out materials from the circulating collection of the Alvin Sherman Library. Borrowing privileges, loan periods, and fines may vary depending on the patron type, item type and item location. For further information please refer to Borrowing privileges and Fines policies listed below.
Loan periods vary by a combination of material type, location, and user category. For students, loan periods are overruled by the expiration date of the library card/university ID, if that date precedes the due date of the loan period. The expiration date is the last day of classes; once students have registered for the following quarter (or quarters) the expiration date of their library card is changed accordingly. A similar ruling applies for alumni members with the renewal of their alumni card. Expiration date does not apply for faculty and staff.
All loan periods have renewal limits; library materials may
be renewed until their renewal limit has been reached.
For more information, go to the online Patron Portals (www.nova.edu/library/portal) to find out your particular group's borrowing privileges.
Once reached, the material must be returned before it can be charged again. Renewals can be made by patrons as described below if the item in question is not overdue and if there are no holds placed on it. Renewals can be made as follows:
Library patrons may place a hold on materials based on the following:
Overdue fines vary by loan period, item type, item location and patron type. Fines and fees may be reduced or waived by authorized staff if the situation warrants, using good judgment. Only full time circulation employees can collect fines.
Fines can be paid with a personal check, money order, or with cash on a Smart Card (for university affiliates), or a Alvin Sherman Library card (for the public). Charges for returned checks may apply. Library and/or University blocks may be put in effect if the fines are in excess of $5.00. Cash and credit card payment methods are not available.
The Circulation Department of the library sends
notices, either by regular mail or e-mail, to
patrons alerting them of overdue books, and fines owed.
Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy. Failure to
receive these notices does not remove the borrower's
obligation to return the materials by the due date or
the recall due date, nor does it constitute grounds
for reducing a borrower's fine.
Questions about the notices should be directed to the Circulation department.
Reserve Desk operation hours are Mon.-Thur. 9am-5pm. Reserves transactions are held at the Circulation desk for all other library operational hours. Only NSU students, faculty or staff are allowed to check out Reserve materials.
All reserve materials are checked out for two hours IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY unless stated otherwise from the professor (other reserve loan periods are for overnight or 24 hours).
Public patrons from Broward County can also check out Dissertations that are located in the Reserve Room for two hours (IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY).
The library is a SEFLIN member and abides by the rules and guidelines of the SEFLIN organization. A SEFLIN library card introduces the holder to another campus library and requests special use and borrowing privileges. The lending library reserves the right to confirm the validity of a card or to refuse issuance of a card. The lending library also reserves the right of borrowing privileges.
SEFLIN Users refer to NSU students (Law & HPD students are excluded) faculty, and staff. On the other hand, SEFLIN Borrowers are from Universities or Colleges that are SEFLIN members. They will have a current SEFLIN pink card from their school. Borrowing privileges are limited to eight items with no renewals for 30 days. Fines may apply.