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Software for Faculty and Staff

The information and links below are provided as a resource to the NOVA computing community. Please review all documentation and system requirements before installing any software on your system. You may need to contact the software manufacturer for assistance if you encounter any major problems with the installation.

If you need further assistance please contact the IT Help Desk by phone: 703.426.4141 or email: ithelpdesk@nvcc.edu.

The software is provided for your convenience. Installation will be done at your own risk. No support will be provided by the College IT Help Desk or other NOVA entities for this software. The integrity of your data is your personal responsibility, and it is recommended that you have an up-to-date backup of your hard disk before downloading the software. NOVA is not responsible for any disruption, damage and/or loss of data on your computer system that may occur while using the software.


Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF files is free and can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Creative Cloud is available to current faculty and staff for home use. To request access, please click on the link below and enter your NOVA login credentials.

Get Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Read & Write Gold - Literacy software with tools designed for reading, writing, study, and research support. It has reader software that works with our library articles, websites, and alternate format textbooks. Use your email address to login.

Students, Faculty and Staff with Blackboard accounts can download free Antivirus Software by going to Blackboard. After you log in, scroll down to the Free Anti-Virus Software section to download.


Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based cloud service that is FREE to students, faculty and staff. This software provides Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and OneDrive. Users should use their full VCCS email address as your username (ex. VCCS username@email.vccs.edu) and VCCS password to login. Then follow Microsoft’s directions to set up the software. This link and instructions are also provided inside of Blackboard. This software is provided for free as long as you are an active student. If you need assistance with getting access to Microsoft Office 365, contact the NOVA IT Help Desk, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus also available for those users who would like to purchase a license from Microsoft directly. This software is purchased as an annual license that must be renewed with Microsoft if users wish to continue using it after the first year.

Microsoft Home Use Program for Faculty and Staff.

Substantial discounts on software (including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office): http://www.journeyed.com/go.asp?KEY=BN653.

NOVA Data Encryption