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We are one of a kind

The Alvin Sherman Library is a unique joint-use facility serving not just students, staff, and faculty at Nova Southeastern University, but the entire Broward County public. We are able to offer traditional public library services as well as the full academic resources of one of the nation’s major independent universities - oh, and we are open 100 hours a week.

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About the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center

The library opened to the public on December 8, 2001. Standing five stories high with wireless access throughout, cozy reading niches, 23 study rooms, 1,000 seats, and a cafe, the library environment is spacious, high tech, and friendly. You will discover collections of research materials, specialized databases, popular fiction and non-fiction books, magazines and journals, CDs, DVDs, special programs for children and teens, book discussion groups, author readings, classes and workshops.

About our Namesake

Alvin Sherman grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955 the Sherman family relocated to South Florida, and in that same year Mr. Sherman founded the Development Corporation of America (DCA), a real estate development company with operations in Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico. A strong advocate of the view that making higher education available to all those who desired it is fundamental to building a great community, Mr. Sherman established the Alvin Sherman Family Assistance Scholarship program at NSU. Mr. Sherman also supports the United Way of Miami-Dade and Broward and other non-profits that do not receive governmental funding.

Following through with his philanthropic efforts, Alvin Sherman made a generous monetary donation to Nova Southeastern University and in recognition of his gift, NSU named its new library, research and information technology center in his honor in 2003. Mr. Sherman humbly accepted this honor realizing that his name on the library would be a source of encouragement for students, alumni, and Broward County residents. For him the naming of the building felt like the right fit: “If you give, it has to be a belief.”