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Plebe Library Guide

Nimitz Library


The Nimitz Library, completed in 1973, is named in honor of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN (1885-1966), a 1905 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  If you are interested in the history of libraries at USNA dating back to the founding of the Naval Academy 175 years ago, see the library history timeline.

Today the Nimitz Library occupies 4 floors of the Nimitz Building and houses the library's collections, staff offices, classrooms, study space and a coffee bar.

Most services, such as the Research Help Desk and Circulation/Check-out are located on the main floor.


The library is currently closed due to COVID-19, but many resources and services are still available. 

Check the Current Nimitz Library Resources and Services page for updates.

Once Nimitz Library reopens for normal operations we invite you to visit and make use of the facility and take advantage of all that we have to offer midshipmen, which includes:

  • Individual and group study rooms, available on a first-come, first served basis
  • Special events and lectures (Midshipmen R&R Night, faculty research talks, etc.)
  • Popular / Recreational Reading Collection
  • Coffee Bar
  • Special Collections & Archives


 :: The Nimitz Library's Coffee Bar is a popular spot to take a break and enjoy the view


 :: Plebes visiting the Nimitz Library's Special Collections and Archives / Annapolis Room during Plebe Summer


 :: Nimitz Library hosts various special events throughout the year


 :: A midshipman working with a librarian at the Research Help Desk