The Alexandria Library collection of over 90,000 items is supplemented by access to materials at the other five NVCC campuses. We also subscribe to over 200 electronic databases, with access to thousands of online journals. There are over 296,000 items in the total college collection.
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This semester Professor Carlos Schroder's ENG111 students were tasked with conducting research on the resources and services of the campus library, and developing potential ideas for Library displays highlighting topics of potential interest to the campus community and featuring resources from the Library collection.
These proposals were submitted to Alexandria Campus Librarians who selected several top contenders to mount actual displays in the Library.
Here are the first three:
Filmosophy by Joel Halbedl and Yasmine Abubakr
Organ Donation by Ursula Campos
Women in Sports by Kanesha Bullock and Romeo Escalante
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.
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
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!