Library Services

NDU Libraries – The Knowledge Arsenal

Incoming students will have access to a world-class academic Library with a full range of resources and services, and a staff dedicated to ensuring that all students achieve academic success.  It is a 24/7 virtual library with branches in Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, VA.

Research Classes

All NDU students receive a Library orientation and basic research skills class, designed to help you with your first research project. Additional classes are offered throughout the year, such as Advanced Googling, Country and Regional Security Research, and Research While You Sleep Using Customized Alerts.

The Virtual Library

Your BlackBoard account will provide you with access to virtual collections and services; 

  • Ask-a-Librarian, our virtual reference service, connecting you to research assistance;
  • 100+ subscription databases covering an array of research topics;
  • 20,000+ electronic journals, newspapers, dissertations, and market reports; and,
  • 110,000+ ebooks  -- many downloadable.

Libraries as Place

A skilled staff of reference librarians and technicians is available to help with using the library and its resources.  The Libraries offer study and collaboration space as well as NDU wireless access and networked desktops. 

The Libraries house over 500,000 books, periodicals, and government documents.  Subjects include national security strategy, military history, industry studies, international affairs, warfare, foreign relations, and economics.    

Each branch of the NDU Library has classified classrooms, materials, and capabilities.

Special Collections and NDU Digital Archives

Special Collections houses the University archives and the personal papers of modern military leaders, including former Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS and VCJCS), Supreme Allied Commanders, Europe (SACEURS), and other Combatant Commanders as well as campaign plans, summaries of operations from World War II. 

NDU Digital Archives showcase the history of the University and its intellectual capital, including collections of student papers, college archives, course materials, personal papers from selected former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and documents charting Ft. McNair’s unique role in history.

Special Collections creates exhibits throughout the colleges, such as the Normandy exhibit currently on display in Lincoln Hall at the Ft. McNair campus.