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VBHEC: About Library Services

Norfolk State University (NSU) students who may be attending classes at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center (VBHEC) will be able to interact with various aspects of the library to assist in their research and ability to access online information.

Request a Learning Commons Account

Learning Commons Account Form

Are you enrolled in courses at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center (VBHEC)?

If so, you will need a Sponsored Account to use the computers in the labs or in the Learning Commons at VBHEC.

Thank you for your cooperation!


Information Literacy Instruction

Information Literacy INSTRUCTION

Information Literacy Instruction guides students in processes of research and investigation of topics using a wide range of sources. When an Information Literacy class is requested, a demonstration will be provided on how to access databases, ebooks and indices. Best practices in how to locate full-text, scholarly nd peer reviewed journal articles will also be discussed. LibGuides are available for a variety of subject areas. 

Literary Review


A literature search AKA literature review surveys books, scholarly articles and other resources. This will result in the compilation of a list of references on a specific topic. This list may also include journal articles or chapters of books. References are obtained by searching the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library Catalog and our scholarly electronic databases

Research Assistance


The Virginia Beach Higher Education Center offers a consultation service to students, faculty and staff involved in research. Researchers are guided to resources and are able to retrieve viable, authoritative information.  Research assistance is available to support and encourage students to identify and locate information using best practices and the most current resources, (i.e. periodicals, journal articles, books and ebooks)

InterLibrary Loan


If the Lyman Beecher Brooks library does not own the book or articles you are looking for, you may request an interlibrary loan from another library. Please note that Interlibrary loan requires approximately 7 to 14 days for delivery.

Make an ILL Request using theTipasa InterLibrary Loan Service.  Additional information is available on the

First Time Users?

First time users must contact the InterLibrary Loan Supervisor at or by telephone at (757) 823-2426 to request the creation of a new user account.

Interlibrary Loan page of theLibrary website.