Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!

The Library Staff wish you all a very happy, restful holiday season and a peaceful and successful new year.

Please note the Library is CLOSED for the winter break from Dec 23 - Jan 2.

See you all in 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Over 400 served

During the last week of classes and final exams (Dec 5 - 16) the Libray opened half an hour earlier and closed an hour later to provide extra study time. In those two weeks, over 400 students came into the Library before 8.30 and stayed after 10.

The popular tradition of late-night study break snacks also made a repeat appearance -- students sustained their studying with coffee, tea, cookies & granola bars.

Unexpected excitement also occured on Thursday 15 Decemeber when a police incident adjacent to campus caused a lockdown. Over 200 students sheltered in place in the Library until the campus was evacuated.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Lockdown resolved

Around ten pm last night the situation resulting the Alexandria Campus lockdown was resolved.

(above: "lockdown snacks")

Many thanks to Library staff who remained on campus throughout the evening to assist students, provide snacks, and keep the library safe and comfortable. Throughout the evening the mood in the Library was generally positive, students were supportive of each other and upbeat, and staff reacted with calm and grace.

Library services at the Circulation Desk, Reference Desk and Library computer stations were maintained as normal until the Library was evacuated.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Shortly before 6pm today the Alexandria campus was locked down following an ongoing incident adjacent to the school but not on campus. Students, faculty and staff were advised to remain indoors and away from windows. Campus was crowded with students taking or preparing for final exams.

Students took refuge in the Library where staff served "lockdown snacks."

People remained calm and studying continues in the Library.

Evening classes were cancelled.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

NOVA History online!

Interested in learning about NOVA’s history? NOVA History Collections is an online archival
repository for more than 500 photographs, student publications, commencement programs, yearbooks and other documents from 1965 to the present. The repository is full-text searchable, and users can download, save and print any document or photograph in our collections. This project was initiated and developed by Alexandria Campus Library Specialist David Anderson. He is collaborating with Travis Nace, Chystie Greges, Maureen Townsend, Nathan Mueller and Stephanie Sharkey to build collections for each NOVA campus.

Visit NOVA History Collections at

NOVA History Collections is part of an effort to begin preserving historical information about the
College. As NOVA approaches the 50th anniversary of its founding, that information will become more and more valuable. While the libraries have retained many of NOVA’s documents and photographs since the 1960s, some items have been lost or destroyed over time. Others may be in filing cabinets, desk drawers or boxes throughout the College, just waiting to be discovered and archived! If you have any documents or photographs that could be added to our archival repository, please contact Anderson at

Monday, December 05, 2011

Extended Hours!

Just in time for final exams, the Library will once again extend its hours to provide more time to study, opening half an hour earlier and closing an hour later.

Library Extended Hours

Dec 5 - Dec 8: 8am - 11pm

Dec 9: 8am - 5 pm

Dec 10: 9am - 4 pm

Dec 12 - 15: 8am - 11pm

Dec 16: 8am - 5 pm

Dec 17: 9am - 4 pm

Join us for late night study breaks -- coffe and snacks -- at 10pm.