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Non-traditional Students: e-Books, Reserves and Remote Access

Non-traditional students are known as adult students, adult learners, lifelong learners, or older students


Many electronic books are available online in what is called E-Book format.  These books are often in fields where information changes quickly.

The search for e-books is just slightly different from paper books.  While searching for books in the library's catalog, an e-book version will show in the results if one is available.

Finding Your Required Books


Add your courses to find everything you need for class.

  • Term
  • Department
  • Course
  • Section

RENTING IS EASY...  When shopping for textbooks in-store, the course information tag will display a "Rental" option.
If you're shopping online, its even easier. Many books display a RENTAL option, along with NEW and USED options. Just pick one that's right for you!


Remote Library Access: Using Library Databases When Not on Campus

MyNSU is the portal at Norfolk State University. MyNSU connects students, faculty and staff to information and systems from one point of entry. Colleague, Spartan Self Service, NSU Webmail and Blackboard are all accessible via MyNSU. Also available are the Microsoft Outlook calendar and task list, university announcements, campus news, university events, and departmental sites. A host of 'Quick Links' to various websites are preset with permissions to add Bookmarks as desired. Students may open Facebook, Twitter and other social networks from MyNSU.


Here are steps to take in order to get e-books and articles when you searching from home using Remote Library Access.

Go to the Login Page: If you can't login on the left side (NSU Users), please try the right side (NSU Users & Others).

If that does not work, there may be something amiss with your account. Please call the circulation desk. To inquire about an account, please call 757-823-2418.

If that fails to solve the problem, please contact Library Systems:

Authentication for off-campus (remote) access requires:

  • Your NSU username.
  • Your NSU password.
  • Internet service and a web browser capable of accepting cookies.

If you have any questions, please contact the Information Services (Reference) desk at 757-823-8517 or stop by on the first floor.

Course Reserves

Reserve Basics

The Reserve Collection is maintained to provide access to specific class-assigned readings and other materials. Materials placed on reserve must support a course currently being offered.

Subject to appropriate copyright laws, the following items may be placed on reserve:

  • Library material from the open stacks
  • Personal copies of books
  • Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Photocopies

The following items may not be placed on reserve:

  • Bound and single issues of library journals and newspapers
  • Reference materials
  • Microforms

The Library reserves the right to apply permanent labels, stamps and other marks to personal copies and photocopies to assist in organizing and controlling the materials.

Each photocopy held on reserve will contain a notice of copyright and the owners (instructors) name. Although the Library will take reasonable safeguards, it is not responsible for theft, damage, or mutilation of personal copies.

Search for course reserves by instructor name or course title