Friday, March 23, 2018

March Madness

Not the Ides of March (PR2808.A2 C45 2012)

How march became madness : how the NCAA tournament became the greatest sporting event in America.

GV885.49.N37 E56 2006

Friday, March 16, 2018

Road Works

Bisdorf Drive is under construction:

How's this for a Spring Break Project?

Ways of the world : a history of the world's roads and of the vehicles that used them.  TA1015 .L39 1992

The road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure HE355.3.E3 P48 2016 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Spring Break

Looking for a quiet place to study?  Look no further!

March 12 - 16 is NOVA Spring Break, which means there are NO classes.

Library will be open 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday.  Check the website to verify other campus office hours.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Environmental Horticulture Returns

In 2015 the Library launched a new experiment to grow wild celery inside the Library in special grass-incubator tubs, all in an effort to help restore & save the Chesapeake Bay.  Read about our grass-growing history here.

The Grasses for the Masses effort is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Participants in the program grow wild celery (Vallisneria americana), a type of underwater grass, in a simple grow-out system in their homes for 10-12 weeks. After 10-12 weeks of grow-out, participants will gather to plant their grasses in select local rivers to bolster grass populations and help restore the Bay.

The grass-growing project was initially brought to the Library and maintained by members of the Library staff.  This year's crop was initiated and being tended by the Alexandria Campus Green Club.

Read more on the Bay:

Turning the Tide; Saving the Chesapeake Bay.  HC107 A123 H67 2003

Thursday, February 01, 2018

World Languages Literature

(With thanks to Professor Davis's Pagina de espanol de NOVA Alexandria)
NOVA’s Alexandria Campus Library continues to build their collection of books in Spanish and other languages. To help you spot these titles on the shelves when you are browsing, the librarians have implemented a helpful new system. They have placed clear lime green labels over the call number of any book in a language other than English (at least 50%, so the labels are on bilingual books, too). It’s not limited to Spanish-language books, but once you are in the Spain and Latin American literature section, those books are much more noticeable.
Look for this system soon in the feature films section!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Learning English

If you are learning English as a second (or third or fourth) language, the Library is here to help.  Come to borrow dictionaries, text books, or investigate our ESL (English as Second Language) resources in the dedicated ESL collection:

The ESL section was recently updated with brand new shelving!  Ask at the Research Desk for further assistance, or to find online resources at

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Spring Semester!!

Spring Semester sessions began this month (16-week session began Wednesday 10 January and the 14-week session began January 24th).

Library hours returned to normal:

Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 9.00pm
Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed (please note the Woodbridge Campus and Medical Campus Libraries are open on Saturdays!)

You may have an expensive textbook assigned for your course.  The Alexandria Campus Library knows that textbooks are expensive and students are short of money!!

The majority of the textbooks used in classes taught on the Alexandria Campus are available for use FOR FREE in the Library!

Just as if we have a copy of your text and what the use policies are.

Students may make photocopies or take pictures of  the textbooks for their own use.