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Borrow, Renew, Request


Your NOVACard is also your library card and is required to check out materials.

Residents of the community may obtain a Community Patron card for limited borrowing privileges. Please contact your local campus library for details.

Loan Periods: The standard loan period is three weeks for books and DVDs. Some items have restricted loan periods. Please see your campus library for more information.

Borrowing Limits: The following table contains the maximum number of items that any student, faculty member, staff member, or community patron can have on loan at any time.

NOVA Students NOVA Faculty and Staff Community Patrons
Number of items patron can borrow (total loans) 10 30 3

Intercampus Loan: Many library materials can be sent from one campus to another. Click on the Request tab for instructions on how to request an item from another campus.

Interlibrary Loan: Student requests for Interlibrary Loan are at campus discretion. Please contact your campus’s Interlibrary Loan Specialist for more information.


Renewing Materials

You can renew items before they are overdue as long as they have not been requested by someone else. You can renew items at your local campus library or online by following the instructions below.

  1. Click on My Account.
  2. Click on Sign In (top right) and sign in using your MyNOVA (Blackboard) username and password. Once signed in you should see a list of Your Active Loans.
  3. You can click the checkbox next to the item(s) that you want to renew and press Renew Selected, or you can click Renew All to renew all items.

Renewal Step 1

Renewal Step 2


Requesting Materials

NOVA Libraries offers Intercampus Loan. Items can be requested by following the instructions below. It usually takes two to four business days for item(s) to arrive at the requested campus.

  1. Find the item you want in the Library Catalog.
  2. Click on Request this item
    Note: If you aren't already signed in, you will need to sign in using your MyNOVA (Blackboard) username and password.
  3. Next Select the Pickup location from the dropdown menu and click Hold. An “Action Succeeded” message will appear to notify you that your request has been processed.
    Renew Alll
  4. You will receive an email to your MyNOVA VCCS email account when the item is available for pick-up.  It usually takes two to four business days for item(s) to arrive at the requested campus.
GMU Privileges

GMU Privileges

As a NOVA student you have borrowing privileges at George Mason's libraries. To check items out you must have a valid NOVACard and a copy of your registration for the current semester. For more information, visit the GMU Circulation webpage; scroll down to the section labeled "NVCC."

Visit the GMU Library website to search for titles.