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Welcome to Hester Memorial Library



Our Mission

The Hester Memorial Library is essential to the overall success of North Greenville University as a Christian liberal arts institution. It strives to meet the curricular and research needs of students, faculty, and staff as well as to provide support and special services to the community. The Library seeks to identify and implement innovative means for broadening access to information beyond the immediate holdings while continuing to build and preserve an extensive collection of both on-site and off-site resources. 


About Us

Hester Memorial Library is located in the Averyt-Wood Learning Center, a multi-use facility that not only houses the Library, but also offices and classroom space. This building, originally named the Averyt Learning Center, was built in 1974 specifically for the Library facility.

However, in 1997, the building was expanded and remodeled to include 12 new classrooms and 10 new offices. The expanded facility was renamed Averyt-Wood Learning Center. 

Currently, the Library occupies the main and second floors of this facility, while classrooms and offices occupy the front addition and basement.

The Library is open 89 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters and 50 hours a week during the summer sessions. The Library’s collection includes approximately 70,000 bound volumes, access to 250,000 academic eBooks, access to  10,000+ print, electronic, and full text periodical titles, access to 100+ electronic databases via the Library website, access to 2000+ academic videos in DVD and digital format and thousands more at the k-12 grade level, 140,000+ music albums in CD and digital format.

These resources can be accessed in the Library through 17 computer terminals and 3 listening rooms using DVD or CD players, or outside of the library via the Library's database and eBooks page.

Students, faculty, and staff are required to show a valid NGU ID in order to check out Library materials. 

Library Hours Fall and Spring Semester

Sunday                 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Mon-Thurs            7:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Friday                   7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday              12:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Summer Session Library Hours

Sunday                 CLOSED

Mon-Tues             8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Wed-Thurs           8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Friday                   8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Saturday              CLOSED


Closings and Exceptions

MLK Day            CLOSED

Good Friday       CLOSED Good Friday ; Open 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday

Easter Sunday   Open at 6:00 p.m.

Labor Day          CLOSED

Thanksgiving     Close at 6:00 p.m. the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and reopen Sunday night before classes resume

Memorial Day    CLOSED

July 4th              CLOSED (schedule may vary that week depending on campus schedule)


Exam Hours

Sunday              1:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Mon & Tues       7:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Wed & Thurs      7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday                8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Library Hours when school is not in session

Sunday            CLOSED

Mon-Thurs       8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday              8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Saturday         CLOSED


Fall Break Hours

Thursday   Close at 8pm

Friday         CLOSED
Saturday    CLOSED

Sunday       CLOSED

Monday     Open 6pm-midnight

Spring Break Hours

Fri                 7:30-2:00

Sat                closed

Sun               closed

Mon              closed

Tues              8-5

Wed              8-5

Thurs             8-5

Fri                  8-noon

Sat                 closed

Sun                resume regular hours

Contact Us

Archive: (864) 977-2125

Cataloging and Acquisitions: (864) 977-7093 or

Circulation and General Inquiries: (864) 977-7091

Curriculum Lab: (864) 977-7096

Reference: (864) 977-7094 or




  • Must have a valid NGU I.D. or photo I.D. to borrow materials.
  • Books - 2 week loan period 
  • DVDs - 2 week loan period 
  • Checked out materials may be renewed twice.
  • Faculty Reserves - in-library use only unless the faculty member gives permission stating otherwise.
  • Textbook Reserves- in-library use only
  • Calculators- Two hour loan period
  • Electronic cords and headphones- Two hour loan period
  • Umbrellas- 24 hour loan period
  • Computer Mouse- 2 hour loan period
  • Computer Speakers- 2 hour loan period

Faculty and Staff

  • Books and DVDs - Month loan period, but can be renewed unlimited amount of times throughout the semester (no limit)

AlumniSee library staff

Community Patrons: See library staff 

Renew your books here. Once on the catalog site, you will need to log in using your NGU e-mail credentials. 

Computer & Internet Use Policy

Please inquire at the circulation desk for WiFi access information.

Users are prohibited from:

Viewing Inappropriate or Unlawful Content

Content that is fraudulent, harassing, embarrassing, sexually explicit, profane, obscene, intimidating, discriminatory, hostile, suggestive, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful or inappropriate may not be downloaded or sent by e-mail or any other form of electronic communication (such as Internet postings, newsgroups, chat groups, voice mail, paging system, music, graphics and video files, etc.) or displayed on or stored in any NGU IT Resource. NGU has implemented Internet blocking software to restrict access to inappropriate Internet sites. The Internet is a worldwide network of computers that contains millions of pages of information, some of which may contain offensive or inappropriate material.

Circumventing Established Security

Users may not attempt to circumvent NGU data protection measures or attempt to uncover security loopholes. Users may not gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to restricted areas or files on NGU Information Technologies. Users should not tamper with any software protections or restrictions placed on computer applications, files or directories. Users must immediately report suspected network, hardware or software vulnerabilities. Users will not attempt to demonstrate or exploit suspected security vulnerabilities. Users may not download or use any unauthorized security or “hacker” tools or devices.

Violating Network Security.

Users will not conduct network mapping, discovery, port scans, traffic analysis, traffic logging or any other information gathering/discovery technique from any NGU Information Technologies device unless that action is specifically authorized in their normal duties and responsibilities and approved by the NGU IT Department. 

In order to enforce these policies, the Information Technology Department may:

Implement Additional Security Measures: 

The NGU IT Department reserves the right to impose additional security restrictions and procedures in the future as necessary.

Monitor Internet Use:

Monitoring includes, without limitation, any activity performed on a NGU Information Technology Resource including Internet Sites visited, material uploaded/downloaded by Users to/from the Internet, and an email sent and received by users.

Student Printing

  • Prints cost $.05 per page and are only available in black and white. To print color copies, you will need to go to the Print Hub located below the School of Theater. 
  • Your first semester at NGU, you are given $1.50 on your print account. When those funds run out, you will need to add money to your printing account.
  • You can add money to your printing account by going to to pay with a card or you can go to NGU Central (located in Neves) on campus to pay with cash.
  • You can print from the printers in the library or you can print from your laptop or other devices by going to and logging in with your e-mail credentials. Once logged in, follow the on-screen directions to upload the document you want to print.

Community Patron Printing

  • Please go to the circulation desk for help printing.



Library Rules & Policies

NOTE: All rules are subject to change, and new rules may be added as needed.

Food and Drinks:

  • Please be respectful and clean up your trash.
  • Drinks are allowed in the library, but they must have a lid.


  • Please be respectful and try to speak with a quiet voice.  You may not be studying, but others are.
  • Only listen to music/watch videos (on any device) if you have headphones (used at a level only you can hear). 
  • The 2nd floor is considered a quiet study area. There should be no group study upstairs. Users speaking loudly or using devices that can be heard by others will be asked to lower the volume of their conversations or devices and/or be asked to leave the area.
  • The Christian Studies Room on the 2nd floor is for silent individual study.
  • The 1st floor is considered a semi-quiet group study area. Users may speak quietly in groups.
  • Library staff reserve the right to ask persons who are noisy or disruptive to contain or reduce the noise. After a warning, the staff may ask patrons to leave the library. In the event that patrons are not responsive to these requests, Campus Security may be called.
  • Students, staff, and faculty are asked to report excessive noise to faculty or staff at the reference desk or circulation desk.

Mobile Phones:

  • Cell phones are required to be set to vibrating/silent ring in the library. Phone conversations are not permitted in the library.


  • No tobacco use of any kind is permitted on the NGU campus.




Library FAQs:

1. How many books may a student borrow?

Students may borrow 10 items at a time. The loan period for books is two weeks.

2. Does the Library have movies? 

Yes.  The library's DVD collection is located on the first floor.

3. Can students check out reference books or magazines?

Reference books and magazines may not be checked out, but students may make copies (in accordance with *Copyright Law) for 5 cents per page. 

4. Does the Library have any popular fiction?

Yes, the Library does have a small section of popular fiction, but the overall collection focuses on academic materials.

5. Are cell phones allowed in the Library?

Cell phones are allowed, but all cell phones should be set to silent.  Texting in the Library is fine, but all calls should be made outside of the library.

6. Are students allowed to have food and drink in the Library?

Yes, but the policy is subject to change if students do not clean up their trash.

7. Is the Library open during student breaks?

The Library is open during some student breaks but not all. Holiday/break hours are posted.

8. Does the Library have any study rooms?

The Christian Studies Room on the 2nd floor is available for individual silent study. On the 1st floor of the library, there are 3 very small rooms that may be used by groups of 1-3. There is also a conference room on the 1st floor that may be used if it is not already reserved. You may check on conference room availability with the circulation desk staff.

9. Are there computers in the Library?

Yes, the Library has computers available on both floors.

10. What if research leads the student to items at other libraries?

If the Library does not have a book a student needs, the student can arrange to borrow the book from another library using PASCAL (Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries).  Librarians and staff are happy to answer any questions about PASCAL.

11. Can students use the Library’s e-books from home?

Yes, our eBook collections are available to use anywhere.

12. What is the Library of Congress classification?

The Library of Congress subject heading system of classification is a system used for categorizing books by subject.  Details of the system can be found by visiting “Library of Congress Classification Outline”  (courtesy of the Library of Congress).

Information on finding books on the shelves using the system can be found by visiting “From the Online Catalog to the Shelf” (courtesy of the University System of Georgia).


*Under Title 17 of the United States Code, it is illegal to reproduce, distribute, or publicly display any copyrighted work (or any substantial portion thereof) without the permission of the copyright owner. Exceptions can be made under fair use guidelines, but the patron, not the Library, is responsible for any violations.