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School Visits

Scheduling a School Visit

Secondary school classes may visit the NSU John Vaughan Library to conduct research for assignments, learn more about library resources, and tour the facility. A resource instruction session of 60 minutes may be scheduled in the library computer lab with access to the library catalog and databases. Additional time may be spent in the library touring the facility and using non-electronic resources. Teachers must accompany the students while in the library.

In order to have access to library resources, you must schedule your visit in advance. When you schedule your visit, we will discuss the resources you intend to use, to make sure that access can be arranged. To schedule a visit, contact Sarah Burkhead Whittle via e-mail ( or phone, 918-444-3262. Please make your request at least 1 week in advance of your anticipated visit.

School visits in Broken Arrow

The Broken Arrow library can provide the same services to schools. To schedule, contact Karl Siewert (, 918-449-6449).

Tips on Instruction for a School Visit

Research time at the library will be the most effective if students have a clear understanding of their assignment, a topic selected, and a sense of potential useful resources. During the instruction session, we will cover search strategies for their topics, catalog searches and database searches. If you will provide us with advance information on the students' topics, we can tailor the instruction session to lead them to the most useful resources.

Special Borrower Policy

Persons over the age of 18 may apply to be a special borrower by filling out an application (links to the policy and the application are below) and presenting the application and their identification in person at either the Circulation or Reserve desk. Persons under the age of 18 will need the signature of a parent. Special borrowers may check-out books for a 3 week period.


A copy machine is located on 1st floor, near the Reserve desk in Tahlequah. In Broken Arrow, the copier is on the second floor behind the low shelves to the north. Copies cost ten cents per page. If the copy machine is out of order, contact library staff for assistance.

Computer Access

NSU's ITS department prohibits access to computers on campus by visitors. If your students will need to use computers during their visit, they will need to bring them to the library themselves.


Visitors to either campus who are not affiliated with the University through enrollment or employment may obtain a free visitor parking permit from the Parking and Traffic Office. These temporary permits are also available at the Information Booth in the University Center parking lot or at the Information Desk in the lobby of the Administration Building. Temporary permits typically will not be issued for more than two weeks. If you are aware that you will need a temporary permit, you can receive one up to one week in advance. Complete rules and regulations regarding parking at NSU are available at the Parking & Traffic Office (link is below).