NDU Libraries
Students/Faculty and Staff:
Visitor Access to the Libraries

You are eligible to use the NDU Library if you are (ID required):

  • Active Duty Military;
  • DOD Civilians;
  • Alumni, scholars, Federal employees from non-DOD agencies, and military retirees must request approval to visit the library based on a need for unique information. For example, material held only by the NDU Library required for scholarly purposes. The request may be submitted via e-mail, telephone or by letter to the Library Director. Current government ethics regulations restrict contractor access to the library for non-NDU contractors.
  • Foreign visitors must request access through the DIA Foreign Liaison Office. This request must be submitted by their embassy. The request is submitted to the NDU Security Office who notifies the library.

Visitors must also meet University security regulations which govern access to University buildings. Those with DOD ID cards may be admitted without escort. All other visitors must be signed in by an authorized University employee. Library staff will not sign in visitors unless the visitor is on official library business or has made an appointment to visit the library for scholarly research. All visitors are given an NDU visitor badge which must be displayed at all times.

The NDU Library Director approves visits. In your request, state the date, time, and purpose of your visit. Visits are only approved for a specific date, time, and purpose. Open, unlimited access will not be approved. University activities and prior commitments also impact approval of visits.

All visitors must leave the Library before 1700 when the building closes.

As a visitor to the NDU Library, you have limited access. Limited access is defined as self-directed onsite usage; it does not include use of copying facilities, loan of materials, cost-incurring research services, document delivery, FAX, interlibrary loan, or other privileges and services granted to primary mission users. Only government employees may use the electronic products on Library workstations; NDU personnel have first priority at all times. Other rules of common sense, good judgment, and consideration for others apply.

Materials are not loaned directly to visitors; you may request Inter-Library Loan (ILL) of NDU materials through your own library. Record the title, author, and call number of the book; or the journal title, article title, volume and issue number, and date; provide that information to the interlibrary loan desk at your library.

Non-US citizens must request access through the NDU security office. The NDU Security Office requires approval through the DIA Foreign Liaison Office arranged through your embassy.

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Reference Tools

These electronic/web resources are taken from the Library's internet pages and elsewhere as sources of particular value and use to students, faculty and staff at National Defense University.

*Note: Many of these links are to pages whose content is not under control of NDU or the NDU Library.